Finding Sisu: In Search of Courage, Strength and Happiness the Finnish way

Finding Sisu UK cover

Reading material

English manuscript

Original title: Finding Sisu: In Search of Courage, Strength and Happiness the Finnish way

Published: 2018

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (UK); TarcherPerigee (US)

Class/genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 320

Find your sisu: the Finnish concept of resilience, grit, and determination – part memoir, part guidance.

Why Finnish people don’t give up: harnessing the magic of sisu.

Defined as a particular kind of resilience and bravery, sisu is the Finnish approach to well-being that is turning lives around.

Raised in Canada with stints in New Zealand and the UK, writer Katja Pantzar returned to Finland, the place of her birth, where she discovered the key to living well was in living courageously and with integrity. Cultivating sisu through simple, functional exercise, a Nordic diet, and spending time outside in space, water, silence and nature, her physical and mental stamina grew; her anxieties, fatigue and pain left behind in the sea.

In Finding Sisu discover the ways in which you too can integrate this age-old philosophy of hope and perseverance into your life, wherever you are in the world, whatever challenges you may face.

Find your courage. Find your grit. Find your sisu.

Rights sold:
CHINA, Yeeyan Publishing
CZECH REP., Mladá Fronta
FINLAND, Siltala
FRANCE, Belfond
GERMANY, Bastei Lübbe
HUNGARY, Jaffa Kiado
ITALY, Marsilio/Sonzogno
JAPAN, Hojosha
SPAIN, Roca Editorial (WS)
UK, Hodder/Hachette (WE) (orig. publisher)
US, Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House – US title: The Finnish Way: Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness through the Power of Sisu


Editorial praise:

”A book filled with the tips to live an open-minded and joyful life. What’s more, they are all easy and amazingly economical! I’d like to recommend this book to Japanese people who are used to spending money on interior activities, so that they’ll remember the vastness of the sky and how comfortable it is to be outside. Perhaps the onsen (hot spring) -loving Japanese folks might even feel like to jump into cold water after reading this book!?” — Hojosha, Japan

“We’re delighted to be joining the growing list of publishers bringing this engaging and illuminating book to readers around the world. Anyone who enjoyed reading about hygge will surely embrace the simple and life-changing practices that Katja describes—including movement as medicine, “forest therapy,” and the elusive but empowering concept of sisu, which goes deeper than grit or perseverance, as the book so powerfully reveals.” — Marian Lizzi, Editorial Director, Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House USA

“For us, [Finding Sisu] is a prime example of the popular Scandinavian lifestyle, which Katja Pantzar introduces to us in a wonderfully charming way!” – Sabine Niemeier, Bastei Lübbe, Germany

“[Finding] is the passport that allows you to jump in the deep end of yourself, finding a new wave – cold and cool – for your physical and emotional comfort. The book with which the Spanish readers will discover and embrace the power of sisu.” – Carol Paris, Roca Editorial de Libros, Spain

“With its beautiful sound, sisu is a magical word that will have tangible effects in your life, showing you the best way to deal with life’s hurdles and challenges. Energizing, honest, and ultimately inspiring, this original narrative from one of the happiest countries in the world will disclose to you the secret power of this untranslatable word. Forever grateful to Katja Pantzar for revealing us this inner need we’ll never want to do without.” – Patricia Chendi & Francesca Varotto, Sonzogno di Marsilio Editori, Italy

In the media:

The Times (Goodbye hygge. Hello sisu: the new Scandi trends”)

Huffington Post (Seven Reasons You Need A Little Sisu In Your Life”)

Katja Pantzar

Helsinki-based writer, editor and broadcast journalist Katja Pantzar was born in Finland and raised and educated in Canada. A freelance member of the Finnish public broadcasting company Yle’s news team, Pantzar is a regular contributor to Blue Wings, the in-flight magazine of Finnair and Helsinki correspondent for Monocle 24.

She is the author of three guides to Helsinki: The Hip Guide to Helsinki, Helsinki by Light and 100 Things to Do in Helsinki. Finding Sisu is the first book Pantzar has written that will be published outside of Finland.


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