Introducing Ahlback Agency NON-FICTION Spring 2023 Rights Guide!

We are thrilled to present our Non-Fiction Catalogue for Spring 2023!

Are you ready to learn the Finnish way of leadership as craftsmanship? Or learn more about why our efforts to halt the current ecological crisis are bound to fail? Or find out about the Finnish hot and cold contrast therapy that boosts your physical and mental health?

From our new catalogue, we’ve picked some of the hottest titles for you – take a look at them below!

View the Spring 2023 Non-Fiction Catalogue here!

Leadership as Mastery: The Finnish Way

Asko Känsälä

Lead like a Finn! The Finnish way of leadership combines art and craftsmanship, like the great Finnish master architect Alvar Aalto.

What does craftsmanship have to do with leadership? What makes a company beautiful?

Full English ms. in March 2023!

Leadership is often thought of as a quality of the individual, but in Asko Känsälä’s book LEADERSHIP AS MASTERY we learn it is more of an art form to be mastered.  We develop to be an exceptional leader through cycles of practice and reflection, just like the mastery of any other complex skill.”
– Jeffrey K. Liker, PhD, author of international bestseller The Toyota Way

Hot and Cold. From Sauna to Sea: The Finnish Way

Katja Pantzar and Carita Harju

Hot and cold contrast therapy is fast becoming the must-do wellness experience. This new book by two experts inspires readers with insights into the powerful Finnish method of alternating between a hot and cold environment to boost health and happiness and delves into how experiencing these contrasting extremes of temperature can change your outlook, your wellbeing and your life. The Finnish secret of happiness!

Yellow Kite Executive Publisher Liz Gough said, “I have been so struck by the growing interest in cold- water swimming and saunas and the powerful health impact of contrast bathing to help promote happy hormones, soothe away stress, build resilience and promote wellbeing and good mental health. When I started to explore this area more, what became clear was that the Finns have had the right idea all along! I am really excited about this acquisition and about helping Yellow Kite readers build some Finnish fortitude into their own lives to help them thrive.

Whale in a Glass Bowl

Maria Katajavuori

Join the journey of a whale and a woman and uncover the keys to sustainability – the Earth can be saved with tools of human behavioral biology.

Humans are like a whale in a glass bowl, trapped despite our big brains.

Finlandia Prize jury’s motivations for nomination:
An uncompromising statement about the current state and future of nature that brings even the most environmentally conscious reader to admit their responsibility in overconsumption. Willpower, intelligence, and any amount of research are not enough if they do not lead to political decisions and action in organized democracies. Information, emotion, and respectable literary activism.

Back to Nature Finland: Explore Nature, Myths, and Ancient Wisdom

Reetta Ranta and Antti Huttunen

BACK TO NATURE FINLAND is a calming, relaxing experience that takes you on a journey throughout Finnish nature, with a touch of ancient wisdom, mythology and local history. Based on the internationally acclaimed TV show!

Full English PDF available!

The book presents 24 beautiful travel locations in Finnish nature. It reveals stories about Finnish mythology related to those locations, and provides delicious local food tips to enjoy when visiting. Learn the secrets of the Archipelago Sea, discover Lohja’s groves and caves, and meet the most beautiful tree in Finland. Travel with us from the Åland Islands, across the Nordic archipelago’s seashores and dunes, to the mysteries of lake Saimaa. Join us as we follow the origins of the Finnish national epic, Kalevala; climb to the top of Pyhä-Nattanen, the Mountain of the Gods; and explore some of the many sacred sites of Finnish Lapland.

The 50 Most Dangerous Companies in the World

Hannu Sokala

They like to stay in the shadows. Who are the families that wield the most power in the world?

Very few of us know the Lees, the al-Nahyans, the Quandts, the Safras or the Wertheimers. We all know, however, their companies Samsung, Manchester City, BMW, Chiquita, and Chanel. Many of the world’s most influential companies are still family businesses, and many of these families go back many generations, some even to the 18th Century. Many of them operate around the world, and some are worth tens of billions of dollars. Still, we know astonishingly little about these families.

The stories of the families in this book contain larger-than-life characters, unbelievable plots, and numerous conflicts, tragedies, and successes. This non-fiction book by the experienced business journalist Hannu Sokala offers a comprehensive and surprising perspective on the world’s most important – and dangerous families.

How Finland Survived Stalin

Kimmo Rentola

A meticulously researched insight into critical points in the history of relations between Finland and the Soviet Union.

World English rights sold to Yale University Press!

How did Finland evade Joseph Stalin’s crosshairs three times? Did Stalin have a special relationship with Finland and the Finns? Why didn’t he continue the Soviet onslaught on Finland during the Winter War in 1940? The answers lie in the relations between Finland and Russia which remain highly timely to this day.

Yale University Press Editorial Director Julian Loose says: I am thrilled to be publishing Kimmo Rentola’s important work on Finland and Stalin. As the leading scholar on Soviet-Finnish relations, his intimate understanding of the intelligence history during this crucial period makes for a uniquely fascinating and revelatory read. And of course this story has huge resonance at the present time, with Finland joining NATO and the parallels between the Winter War and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Yale University Press will be proud to publish Kimmo’s book in English in the spring of 2024.