The Women I Think About At Night

Reading material

Finnish edition
English sample & synopsis

Original title: Naiset joita ajattelen öisin

Published: 2018

Publisher: Otava

Class/genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 448

What can a 40-something, childless woman do with her life? Hop on a plane and follow the footsteps of historical female figures: fearless explorers, gifted writers and passionate artists.

Mia Kankimäki leaves her job, sells her apartment and travels to Africa to see where Karen Blixen – the Danish author, baroness and coffee farmer – lived in the 1920s. She goes to Japan in search of a cure for her depression, and to research Yayoi Kusama, the world-renowned artist, and around the world in the footsteps of 19th century women explorers. In Italy, she spends days looking for forgotten Renaissance women painters of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. If these women could make it in the world hundreds of years ago, why couldn’t she?

The Women I Think About At Night is part travelogue and part biography: in clear prose Kankimäki writes about the lost women adventurers of history – perfect reading for adult fans of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and anyone who’s ever wanted to travel to all the places they’ve ever read about.

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FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

“The most delightful thing about reading is to unexpectedly find new and valuable things. Mia Kankimäki’s work is like that.” –Helsingin Sanomat newspaper on
Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster


”Kankimäki is a renaissance writer and explorer. She cannot limit her excitement and passion to small synopsis or summaries. As a non-fiction this book follows its own path – – – but for those whose lives need adjusting these travel stories work as inspiration!” – Anun ihmeelliset matkat blog


”Kankimäki’s writing flows effortlessly! In a short paragraph one can indulge in facts, art, knowledge, interpretations and emotions. – – – I admire how the elements come together, how these women pass by so lively. They will leave a permanent mark on my heart.” – Tuijata. Kulttuuripohdintoja blog


”Kankimäki herself becomes the pages of the book. She puts her life down in words honestly and calmly. Deliberately. Beautifully.” – Keskeneräisten kirjojen klubi blog


”Easy to read, hard to forget.” – Kirkko & kaupunki newspaper


”Reading Mia Kankimäki’s Women I Think About At Night taught me a great deal about the women she wrote about, but also about life in different centuries, about women’s position, travelling, artists life, exotic cultures, cities and countries. – – It is entertaining and enjoyable!” – Nostetaan teksti pöydälle blog


“Insanely interesting – thank you!” – Kirja vieköön blog


“I was hooked up from the first page. I couldn’t wait to return to the book. Kankimäki writes so lively, but meticulously, she is honest and also very funny.” – Sateenkaarimaalari blog


“The book creates a clever continuum: we read about a woman who writes about women who refused to live like women were expected.” – Voima newspaper


Mia Kankimäki’s new book is full of inspiring stories of strong women!” Anna magazine


”Mia Kankimäki sold her home, quit her job and wrote a hit book.” – Me Naiset magazine


”Kankimäki doesn’t pursue eternal happiness or positivity. The book is more about conquering your own fears if – and especially when – they are standing between you and your dreams.” Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

Mia Kankimäki

Mia Kankimäki has worked as an editor and copywriter. Her first book, Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster, a book that took her to Kyoto in search of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese noblewoman and writer who lived a thousand years ago. The book received, among others, the 2015 HelMet Award annually given by Helsinki libraries to ‘a future classic’.

Author photo by Otava Publishing


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