Our fiction highlights for London Book Fair

London Book Fair begins tomorrow – and we’ll be there, pitching the best Finnish books of the season to international publishers! Here’s a little overview of the recent reviews of our highlights:

The Angry Widow by Minna Lindgren
“Minna Lindgren writes about aging more hilariously, more sensitively and more sharply than any other contemporary writer.” **** Aamulehti newspaper, Finland

The Bystander by Saara Turunen
The Bystander deserves praise. It’s a frank, funny and unconventionally laconically told story about a year in the life of its protagonist, a debut author.” – Me Naiset magazine, Finland

The Russia Account by Anniina Tarasova
”The author’s language is fluent and narration gripping. The story has a good rhythm, the scenes change interestingly and the setting is enjoyable.” – Länsi-Savo newspaper, Finland

The Bear’s Bride by Katja Törmänen
”All in all, The Bear’s Bride is one of the most rewarding Finnish fantasy novels I’ve read. It weaves a dense and smooth story of recognizable human issues and successfully uses Northern history in the world-building.” – Muissa maailmoissa literary blog

The Guardian Angel by Arto Halonen & Kevin Frazier
“The questions the work evokes fit perfectly in the year 2018. To which lengths can we be manipulated on a personal or a national level? The book, which is based on a true story, captivates the reader… The novel is so gripping it’s difficult to stop reading it.” – ET magazine, Finland

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Anniina Tarasova


Anniina Tarasova is a Helsinki storyteller who’s worked in the leadership of a startup. Her family comes from Finland, Karelia, and St. Petersburg—her grandfather and his parents emigrated soon after the Russian Revolution. As an adult, Anniina Tarasova reconnected with Russia, and especially St. Petersburg, during the year-and-ahalf she spent living there. In addition to workplace issues, Tarasova’s interests include startups, coding, and new business ideas. Even the cheesiest self-help books can inspire her, but her real literary influences and favorite books are to be found in other genres: Sujata Massey (Rei Shimura), Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones), Ljudmila Ulitskaja, and Charles Bukowski.

Arto Halonen & Kevin Frazier

ARTO HALONEN is a film director and screenwriter, known for his strong socially-conscious stance towards his subjects. He is one of the few people in the world who have ever interviewed the killer Palle Hardrup. KEVIN FRAZIER is a novelist, nonfiction writer, essayist and reviewer who lives in Helsinki. Previous collaborations between Halonen and Frazier include the award-winning Shadow of the Holy Book.

The duo was previously known under the pseudonym Einar Hansen.

Katja Törmänen


KATJA TÖRMÄNEN is a history teacher by training and a writer by profession. She has also studied and taught creative writing. She lives in Oulu, Northern Finland.

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”).

Lindgren is best known for the Sunset Grove Trilogy, which has been sold to 11 territories, and the final part The End of Sunset Grow was nominated for the International Dublin Literature Award in 2019. She has also written three standalones: Angry Widow (2018), A Far Far Love (2019) and Hope Never Dies (2020).

Minna Lindgren’s books have been critical and commercial successes, in Finland and internationally.

Saara Turunen


Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author, playwright and director. She is known for her bold and direct style and much of her work examines the themes of identity and social norms. Her forthcoming novel Irrational Things (Spring 2021) is a story of love, death and life between two countries.

Turunen has previously authored two highly acclaimed novels, Love/Monster 2015 and The Bystander 2018. Her debut novel Love/Monster won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in 2015. In addition to her work as a novelist, Turunen is also known for her plays. They have been translated into 13 languages and performed all around the world. Turunen was granted with the Finland Prize in 2016, a high profile award given by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and with the City of Helsinki’s The Artist of the Year Award in 2018.

 

Author photo (c) Ilkka Saastamoinen