Japanese Sunmark acquires The Charm of Ice

Tokyo-based Sunmark Publishing has acquired the Japanese rights to The Charm of Ice, an abundantly illustrated figure-skating book featuring the world’s leading skaters. Sunmark is a prolific publisher of nonfiction in Japan: their bestsellers include The LifeChanging Magic of Tidying Up by Marie ”KonMari” Kondo. The deal was closed in in collaboration with Japan UNI Agency.

Sunmark’s editor was enthusiastic about the book: ”As I love figure skating, I would be delighted to make this lovely book available for Japanese fans.”

The Charm of Ice consists of seven interwoven stories and each section has its own timeless theme, such as ice, justice, pain or gaze. The book’s narrative style resembles rather a short story or an essay format than traditional non-fiction or sports journalism. World-leading figure skaters, such as Kiira Korpi, Laura Lepistö, Mao Asada, Carolina Kostner, Yevgeni Plushenko and Brian Joubert have been interviewed for the book.

Leena Lehtolainen is best known for her Maria Kallio crime novels, translated into 29 languages to date. Her co-author Kaisa Viitanen is a journalist, and the award-winning photographer Elina Paasonen responsible for the beautiful pictures.

Request the English-language reading material and the Finnish edition here!

Rights sold:
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
JAPAN, Sunmark

Leena Lehtolainen


Leena Lehtolainen is the top female crime author in Finland: her new titles always head straight to #1 on the Finnish bestseller lists.

The 1993 book Ensimmäinen murhani (My First Murder) kicked off Lehtolainen’s first and on-going crime novel series, which has brought an enthusiastically-received female perspective to the male-dominated detective genre through its distinctively down-to-earth heroine Maria Kallio. The Bodyguard Trilogy, meanwhile, stars a New York-trained bodyguard who is fiercely self-sufficient, highly alert to her surroundings, and haunted by horrific violence in her past.

Lehtolainen published her first novel at the age of 12; this work of juvenile fiction appeared in 1976. Leena Lehtolainen has also published outside the crime genre; her book The Charm of Figure Skating was voted sports book of the year 2010 in Finland and A Life in Six Scenes showed her return to literary fiction.

In her free time, Lehtolainen enjoys all kinds of music from 70’s punk to Schubert and Bach – just like Maria Kallio, the heroine of Lehtolainen’s crime novel series. And just as events in the Bodyguard (trilogy take the heroine Hilja Ilveskero all around Europe, Lehtolainen’s own work takes her to book festivals, exhibitions and other events across the globe.

 

 

 

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Leena Lehtolainen

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Leena Lehtolainen

My First Murder

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Leena Lehtolainen

Her Enemy

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Leena Lehtolainen

Copper Heart

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Leena Lehtolainen

Snow Woman

1996, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Death Spiral

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Leena Lehtolainen

Fatal Headwind

1998, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Before I Go

2000, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Rage

2003, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Indecent Nightingale

2005, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

On the Wrong Track

2008, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Where Have All the Young Girls Gone

2010, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

Iron Triangle

2013, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

A Stroke of Sadness

2015, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Bodyguard

2009, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Lion of Justice

2011, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Devil’s Cubs

2012, Crime & Thriller


Leena Lehtolainen

The Eye of the Tiger

2016, Crime & Thriller

End of Innocence Finnish cover

Leena Lehtolainen

The End of Innocence

2017, Crime & Thriller

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