Elina Ahlback Literary Agency, est. 2009, is one of the leading literary agencies in the Nordic countries and Finland’s #1 literary agency representing award-winning and bestselling Finnish and Nordic authors’ and illustrators’ book, film & TV rights in international markets. In 2020, the Agency was shortlisted for The 2020 International Excellence Awards as one of the TOP3 Literary Agencies in the World at the London Book Fair.

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Bestselling this season

2023, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Stella

Ted Forsström

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2022, Crime & Suspense

Swing

A. M. Ollikainen

2021, Crime & Suspense

Cargo

A. M. Ollikainen

Latest reviews

Putin's World War: Russia's Covert Operations to Destroy the West

Jessikka Aro

The book is meritorious and important. It gives a voice to those who have been silenced for a long time and strongly defends the freedom of expression that is concretely threatened by Russia's actions. The topic of the book is that certainty is hard to come by, the facts are often disputed, and there is a huge amount of uncertainty. The fact that Aro has managed to have built her work as solid as this is a hard feat.”


Pasi Huttunen in Savon Sanomat newspaper

The Sicilian Defense

Vera Vala

"Vala’s writing is edgy and she constructs the plot in multiple layers [—] The author vividly describes the contradictory culture, cuisine, and nature [of Italy], there is even romantic tension in the air."


– Savon Sanomat newspaper

Private Property

Pauliina Susi

"What is a flight attendant to do when she loses her job? Become a private eye, of course! An unlikely career change is perhaps just what makes Pauliina Susi’s new crime novel so entertaining. Childfree and somewhat penniless Tuulia in her 40s is a refreshingly different main character solving crimes."


– Me Naiset magazine

Ørja

Riikka Sandberg

"In her debut novel, Riikka Sandberg (b. 1989) has crafted a miniature world with a tight atmosphere. [--] Sandberg’s debut is a detailed and carefully finished piece of work in which no clue is unimportant and every scene builds on the lifelike miniature world of the novel. Ørja is a gripping debut."


– Outi Hytönen, Suomen Kuvalehti magazine

Ørja

Riikka Sandberg

"Riikka Sandberg's debut shows the traces of war in a small Norwegian village. [...] Ørja is a well-flowing debut built with thought, where the fjords, the fells, and the surrounding, ever-raging sea form a great scenery."


– Arla Kanerva in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

Lili Flame Investigates: The Mystery of the Circus Woman

Laura Andersson

"The Helsinki-based book industry professional has found an excellent niche-market for Inspector Palmu and Agatha Christie -spirited, positively low-blood, character-driven thrillers that convey the mood of a nation recovering from war."


— Heidi Lakkala on Lapin Kansa newspaper

Forever With You

Erika Vik

“Damn! A really tense and surprising thriller that completely swept me away!”


– Marko Suomi, producer of the Takakansi literature podcast

Forever With You

Erika Vik

“The most original one – Erika Vik’s crime novel has an intense, very exciting atmosphere. [--] Forever With You is set in, even sinks in, to the world of music with a passion. It makes the result original in a pleasant way.”


– Asta Tenhunen in Keskisuomalainen newspaper

Sang

Elina Pitkäkangas

"... an incredibly beautifully built title, rich in its language, intensive, and truly exciting, luring the reader into the story right from the start and keeping its grip till the end...”


City of Tampere Literature Prize Jury

The 50 Most Dangerous Families in the World

Hannu Sokala

If you thought the family led by Logan Roy in the TV series Succession was weird, you're in for a surprise. The real-life Roys, the media family Murdochs, are even stranger. The banana company Chiquita is half-owned by the Brazilian Safra and Cutrale families. Hannu Sokala's addictive book progresses like a thriller.


Kulttuuritähdet website

The Women I Think About At Night

Mia Kankimäki

"What a rare gem of a reading experience! And I think a little wistfully that from now on all other books will feel like meaningless pasttimes.”


Kerstin Westin, Alingsås Newspaper

Leadership as Mastery: The Finnish Way

Asko Känsälä

"This is an insightful and important book for leaders at all levels. The central theme is that leadership mastery is an intentional lifelong learning process that starts with leadership of self and then advances step-wise to the ultimate goal - helping others become their best selves. Asko uses the concept of “mental models” to describe this journey and offers compelling examples of how craftsmen in any field achieve mastery in the same way. The book is not only deeply thoughtful; it also offers a practical guide to translate these ideas into action."


William G. Pietersen, Professor, The Practice of Management, Columbia Business School, New York

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New foreign covers

2022, Crime & Suspense

Swing

A. M. Ollikainen

2023, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Stella

Ted Forsström

2023, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Stella

Ted Forsström

2023, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Stella

Ted Forsström