The Magic of Sisu sold to China and Czech Republic

Katja Pantzar’s book about sisu, continues to charm non-fiction editors around the world. Simplified Chinese rights were pre-empted by Yeeyan Publishing, and the Czech rights went to Mladá Fronta. The sisu book has now been sold to nine territories.

“Sisu, a unique type of resilience or perseverance in the face of adversity. Sisu is a special courage, grit and determination – not just in the short term – it’s about being functional in the long run, too.”  Katja Pantzar

The Magic of Sisu is a hands-on guide that introduces the readers to simple but healthy and practical lifestyle written in an accessible and personable literary style. It is also the personal story of the Canadian-born author’s physical and psychological health transformation from a slightly lethargic depressive into an energetic optimist.

“If someone from a place outside Finland can find her happiness, why not people in China? I do think this is important as we can learn from real examples, experience real feelings, listen to real stories and finally find real happiness,” said editor Claire Han of Yeeyan Publishing on the acquisition.

CHINA, Yeeyan Publishing
CZECH REP., Mladá Fronta
FRANCE, Belfond
GERMANY, Bastei Lübbe
ITALY, Marsilio/Sonzogno
SPAIN, Roca Editorial (WS)
UK, Hodder (WE)

About author

Katja Pantzar

Katja Pantzar –  Katja Pantzar is a Helsinki-based writer and journalist who swims in the Baltic Sea year round. Raised in Canada, with stints in New Zealand and England, she is the author of The Finnish Way (Penguin Random House/2018), a bestselling non-fiction book about Nordic well-being, winter swimming and sisu (resilience) that has been translated into 24 languages. Her second book on sisu, Everyday Sisu: Tapping into Finnish Fortitude for a Happier, More Resilient Life (Penguin Random House/2022) explores through expert interviews and research-based information how we can better support our mental and physical health while taking care of each other and our planet. Everyday Sisu has also been published in Japanese, Thai, and Indonesian. Pantzar’s work has been widely covered around the world in media ranging from Le Figaro, Le Monde, and El Paísto Vogue the Washington Post and the New York Review of Books. . She is also the author of three mini-guides to the Finnish capital, including 100 things to do in Helsinki (Siltala/2024).


2018, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Finnish Way

Katja Pantzar