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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Where It All Begins

Salla Simukka

“Harrowing emotions, ever-tightening plot and pure horror. This all can be found in Salla Simukka’s novel Where It All Begins. [--] All the different relations will only be revealed bit by bit, maybe only after multiple reads. The core is still clear and bright. Everything that’s said twists around love and sadness at the end.”

Marjo Jääskä in Parnasso literary magazine

Moonday Letters

Emmi Itäranta

"The resulting narrative brilliantly weaves together its two central questions: whether one marriage can survive, and whether humanity can find a way to thrive that does not ultimately rest on exploitation and inequality."

The Guardian

The Night of Ancient Lights

Hanna Meretoja

"Meretoja’s debut novel is a direct hit. The Night of Ancient Lights is also a very stylish literary work. The narration with its richly coloured imagery is characterized by precision. The narration is impressively graphic."

Satakunnan Kansa

The Italian Game

Vera Vala

“The Italy of Vera Vala, who has written nine published novels, is lively and full of contradictions.”

Sari Toivakka in Keskisuomalainen newspaper

Ella - Helene Schjerfbeck

Mari Tossavainen

".../ Ph.D. Mari Tossavainen has done a tremendous job of going through the correspondence and the extensive research and writings on Helene Schjerfbeck and by commenting on the various interpretations. .../ Reading Ella - Helene Schjerfbeck gives a good overview of what is known about the artist, enriched by the clarification provided by the new letters. "

Pirkko Kotirinta, Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

In Your Shadow

Martta Kaukonen

"In this novel, each member of the working group takes turns to be the narrator. Kaukonen touches on several current societal and cultural trends, particularly from the arts and culture. Kaukonen, who also works as a film critic, uses overkill as a styliststic choice, which results in exaggeration in the most delicious way. Sometimes there’s horror, sometimes parody. As Kaukonen pushes and stretches the boundaries and edges of the activism of the characters in her novel, the reader wonders to what point the group is prepared to continue their performance."

Anni Valtonen, Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

Inherited Land

Maria Turtschaninoff

“Turtschaninoff credibly brings history to life; this is how it might have happened. But what touches most deeply are the contemporary depictions: the closer we get to everyday life and our own time, the more the characters touch me. [--] It is complete presence; the author has become one with the text. That is great storytelling.”

Yvonne Granqvist Schultz in Österbottens Tidning newspaper

The Italian Game

Vera Vala

"The Italian Game begins a new crime series, and this opening title is impressing, the language and style are polished, and the narration keeps one in its grip until the end. [--] The Italian Game is also a novel about the depths of mind and memory and about facing a strongly rooted fear. The ending of this exciting title turned out to surprise me!”

Jari Olavi Hiltunen in Satakunnan kansa newspaper

Where It All Begins

Salla Simukka

“Salla Simukka’s first novel for adults is skilled horror, playing with the threat of life and fitting the genre.”

Mari Viertola in Turun Sanomat newspaper

Inherited Land

Maria Turtschaninoff

“Maria Turtschaninoff’s multi-layered and diverse narration INHERITED LAND is a sort of tribute to the forefathers, to all who have walked [on this earth] before us, to the earth we inherited and nature’s all beings. [–] Maria Turschaninoff’s novel is a marvellous reading experience, extremely touching, clever and sensual.”

Marit Lindqvist on Svenska YLE

Miss Stein's Cook

Leena Parkkinen

"Miss Stein’s Cook is a thrilling and tensive, multi-sided and multi-layered, thematically rich novel with a strong sensual power. [–] The answer to the ‘What really happened there?’ mystery is skillfully avoided for so long that on one hand, the reader feels impatient, and on the other hastens their reading to find the answer. The unbearableness and loveliness of reading were real at least for me."

Turun Sanomat newspaper

The Enchantment

Riikka Pulkkinen

"The Enchantment is breathtaking in a multifaceted way [–] there is cohesion, and the connections between identity, narration, and its artificiality make the novel a fascinating read.”

Etelä-Suomen Sanomat newspaper