ALL THE KING’S MEN sold to France in a pre-empt deal!
We are thrilled to let you know that the World French rights for the first book, ALL THE KING’S MEN, of the internationally bestselling Saana Havas series by Elina Backman have been acquired in a pre-empt deal by HarperCollins France! The deal was closed by Mimi Matinpalo at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.
What an incredible read ALL THE KING’S MEN was! Saana et Jan are such endearing and unforgettable characters in crime fiction. Their burgeoning love story is perfect to brighten up the otherwise very dark story. The Finnish nature and culture are beautifully present and make this crime novel unique. Sadly, I can’t read ALL THE KING’S MEN in Finnish, but our reader loved it just as much as I did the English sample. The breathtaking region, the believable infinitely endearing characters…
How incredible that this was a debut! This means Elina Backman is an author to watch, one we are overjoyed and honored to see join our list.”
-Marine Alata, Editorial Director, HarperCollins France
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest book publisher in the world with operations in 17 countries. HarperCollins France was founded in 2016 and is made up of several imprints, among which HarperCollins for fiction and non-fiction, HarperCollins poche for mass-market paperbacks across all genres and HarperCollins Noir for crime and thrillers. HarperCollins France publish works of many famous authors such as Don Winslow, Karin Slaughter, Emelie Schepp, David Lagercrantz, Sara Strömberg and Michael Mann.
With France, the series has now sold to 17 territories, most recently published by Piper in Germany, and an international TV-series is in development by Aurora Studios! The rights for the series are still available in USA, UK, Spain, Iceland, Thailand, Israel, Japan, Taiwan…
Elina Backman is Finland’s no. 4 bestselling fiction author with over 70 000 copies sold, and her works have been nominated twice for the Best Translated Crime Novel by the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy, and for the Best Crime Novel of the Year 2022 by the Finnish Crime Writers’ Society.