New fiction deals for The Angry Widow, Goblins and The Core of the Sun

In the midst of the exciting book fair season we’re glad to announce our newest deals in fiction: in Spain, Germany and Czech Republic the readers will soon be enjoying various stories by our fantastic Finnish authors.

In Germany, Minna Lindgren’s The Angry Widow has been sold to Kiepenheuer & Witsch, the publisher of Lindgren’sSunset Grove trilogy. Pitched as ”A Man Called Ove meetsSex and the City”, the novel raised a lot of interest at the London Book Fair, with Czech and Slovak deals under its belt already.

“Minna Lindgren shows with a great sense of humour and a lot of knowledge that it might not be the best time of your life when you are old, but it does not mean the end either,” said Helga Frese-Resch, Editorial Director of Fiction at Kiepenheuer & Witsch.

Another deal for The Angry Widow was struck in Spain, where Suma / Penguin Random House acquired the World Spanish rights.

In Spain, following the growing trend of feminist dystopia in fiction, Johanna Sinisalo’s The Core of the Sun was sold to Roca. The novel, pitched as “sex and drugs and bureaucracy”, has been compared to Margaret Atwood’s work and sold to 8 territories to date.

Czech became the first translation rights deal for a new author on our list, Antti Leikas, whose “world’s first goblin thriller” Goblins – the Journey into Darkness was sold to Paseka.

“The reader of Leikas’s novel automatically becomes a fast car racer – the plot is fast, new challenges, obstacles and danger keep appearing just as fast. What’s even more fascinating is this literary Formula One is racing through the magical Czech landscape,“ said Jakub Sedláček, editor-in-chief of Paseka Publishers.

Rights sold (The Angry Widow):
FINLAND, Teos
CZECH REPUBLIC, XYZ
GERMANY, Kiepenheuer & Witsch
SLOVAKIA, XYZ
SPAIN, Suma/Penguin Random House

Rights sold (The Core of the Sun):
FINLAND, Teos
CZECH, Euromedia
DENMARK, Jensen & Dalgaard
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
LATVIA, Petergailis
SPAIN, Roca
TURKEY, Ithaki
WORLD ENGLISH, Grove Atlantic

Rights sold (Goblins):
FINLAND, Siltala
CZECH REPUBLIC, Paseka

Antti Leikas


Antti Leikas is an author, father and mathematician, who has worked in tech companies, as a newspaper photographer and as the editor-in-chief of the Oulu-based culture magazine Kaltio. He has written four novels and received praising reviews and prize nominations.

Johanna Sinisalo


Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is one of Finland’s most successful and internationally acclaimed authors. Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize in 2000 and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004. Johanna Sinisalo has been nominated for the Prix Escapades 2012, the Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”) award in 2014 and the Nebula Award in 2008. Her works have been translated into 19 languages.

Minna Lindgren


Minna Lindgren (b. 1963) is a freelance journalist and columnist known for her whimsical writing style and fearless approach to topics as strange as opera and death. In addition to novels, she has authored nonfiction books on classical music. In 2009 Lindgren won the Bonnier Journalism Prize for her article entitled “Father’s Death” (“Isän kuolema”).

The fictional Death in Sunset Grove (Kuolema Ehtoolehdossa, Teos 2013) and Escape from Sunset Grove (Ehtoolehdon pakolaiset, Teos 2014) are the first two entries of a mystery trilogy that takes a sharp and satirical look at life inside a retirement home. Both books have been critical and commercial successes, and well-known British-born Finnish director Neil Hardwick is currently working on a film adaptation.

If you enjoy the whodunits of Miss Marple, the sharp quips of Downton Abbey or the playfulness of the bestsellingThe 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared, you will fall in love with The Sunset Grove Trilogy.