Pushkin Press to relaunch in the UK the Finlandia-winning TROLL. A LOVE STORY by Johanna Sinisalo!

We are thrilled to share that Pushkin Press has acquired the UK & Commonwealth rights to re-launch TROLL. A LOVE STORY by Johanna Sinisalo winner of the prestigious Finlandia Prize in 2000 and sold in 19 languages. Rights are now available in many territories (except US, UK, France, Germany, Denmark).  This classic novel was previously published in the UK by Peter Owen (now acquired by Pushkin Press) as Not Before Sundown and in the US by Grove Atlantic as Troll. A Love Story.
With Film & TV rights of TROLL optioned, and currently in development for the screen by Swedish writer/director Måns Mårlind (The BridgeMidnight SunThe Defeated) and Tuppence Middleton (Mank, Sense8War and Peace),  this thriller-fantasy is going to be the next big hit. Ask for the English edition and join the success!   More about the film news here. 

”A wily thriller-fantasy … Each discovery sounds like the voice of a storyteller reminding us of how the gods play with our fates.”
– Margo Jeffersson, The New York Times

Download the materials for TROLL. A LOVE STORY here


by Johanna Sinisalo

The International Fantasy Bestseller and Winner of the Finlandia Prize

Mikael, a young gay photographer, finds in the courtyard of his apartment block a small, man-like creature. It is a young troll, familiar from Scandinavian mythology: a demonic, wild beast. And it is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. Supposedly extinct, today it is regarded as a hairy, cuddly toy by Nordic children. Mikael gives the troll a name, Pessi, and takes him home and hides him.

What Mikael does not know is that trolls exude pheromones that have a profound aphrodisiac effect on all those around them. Shooting an assignment for an ultra-hip brand of jeans, Mikael finds himself fast-tracked into a dangerouschain of events, and learns – with tragic consequences – that Pessi the troll is the interpreter of man’s darkest, most forbidden impulses.

A sharp, resonant, prickly book that exists on the slipstream of SF, fantasy, horror and gay fiction.”
– Neil Gaiman

“A punk version of The Hobbit”
– USA Today

Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi
Tammi, 2000, 268pp

Reading material: English edition


FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
DENMARK: Jensen & Dalgaard
FRANCE: Actes Sud
GERMANY: Tropen (Klett-Cotta)
UK: Pushkin Press
USA: Grove Atlantic

About author

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finlandia Prize-winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction. In addition to her nine novels, she has also written short fiction and film and television screenplays. Her works have been translated into twenty languages.

Sinisalo has won several literary prizes also abroad, such as the 2004 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the 2017 Prometheus Award, and was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2008, the Prix Escapades in 2012, and the Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire in 2017. In 2022, Johanna Sinisalo was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal for services to Finnish literature.


2021, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Storm Flute

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2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Strangers Inside

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2018, Fantasy & Science Fiction


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2013, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Core of The Sun

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2011, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Blood of Angels

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2010, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Möbius Twist

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2008, Fantasy & Science Fiction


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2000, Fantasy & Science Fiction


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