Some of you may have already heard, but the translation of Tove Jansson’s first ever Moomins book is set for release for the first time in the UK next month on 1 November, 2012. The Moomins and the Great Flood, originally written in 1945, is centered on a quest to find Moominpappa. Written during darker times, it will be interesting to see how the Moomin stories began and how they’ve evolved over time.
According to The Guardian’s interview with publisher Natania Jansz, they decided to delay the UK publication as they wanted to launch it leading up to Tove Jansson’s centenary year (2014). I’m not sure how that worked out to be a November 2012 release but fair enough! Pre-order your book on Amazon today! If you’ve somehow gotten your hands on an older copy (it seems the translation, by David McDuff, was published in Finland in 2008), no spoilers please!