The Ahlback Agency NON-FICTION Fall 2023 Rights Guide!


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

Would you like to know the Finnish secret to happiness? Is your relationship with social media more love than hate and you wonder if it could be different? Could you learn from the rituals of the ancestors of the “happiest people on earth”? Do you long for solitude?

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

View the Fall 2023 Non-Fiction Catalogue here!


Alone, Yes Please!

Marika Riikonen

Let Finland, the nation of notorious introverts help you to reclaim being alone!

A hermit, a lonely one, a spinster. Living alone, or even a short period of longing for some alone time seems to be an issue necessary for an immediate fix: the society punishes, relatives jab, politicians admonish, those in a happy relationship push their horrifying friends onto you, and the media just strengthens the stereotypes. What if someone wants to be alone, enjoys their own company?

ALONE, YES PLEASE!, based on the author’s own experiences, examines this taboo-like phenomena thoroughly. It combines sharp societal discussions and humoristic observances by delving into existing literature and hearing from people that feel the need for solitude.

Timeless Nordic Rituals: Bringing Purpose and Joy to Modern Life

Reetta Ranta

Rediscover your lost connection to nature by applying Nordic rituals in your own everyday life.

Can people who live their lives in cities, often more connected to technology than the world around us, benefit from ancient rituals and discover a life in rhythm with nature? What can we learn from the ancestors of the “happiest people on Earth”, the Finns?

TIMELESS NORDIC RITUALS  is a book that invites us to take inspiration from long-forgotten and living traditions of the Finno-Ugric people, and to create rituals that strengthen our connection with nature, the cycle of life, and with our inner selves.

Stop Chasing Happiness: Counterintuitive Life Advice From the World’s Happiest Country

Frank Martela

A guide to finding happiness by Finland’s leading happiness expert

Want to be happier? Stop searching for happiness. Obsessing about happiness is, paradoxically, one of the key obstacles for a happier life. For six years in a row, Finland has been the world’s happiest country and the wisdom emerging from this land of darkness and heavy metal teaches you to stop caring about happiness, about what others think, and about what happens next. This liberates you to take life as it is.

Do You Follow?
How to have a less toxic relationship with social media

Perttu Pölönen

The book that every social media user should read! The third book by popular speaker and sales success Perttu Pölönen!

There’s not a single person in the metro not staring at a screen. At dinner, a couple takes out their phones. Kids get a tantrum if the mobile is taken away from them.

Social media is addicting, steals our ability to concentrate, and steals our time. Often we feel worse after a social media scroll than before it. Nevertheless, we pick up the phone again and again. Why?

No one wants to be manipulated, but on social media we are constantly influenced without us noticing. Do we really understand what social media does to us? Could things be different?

CupOfTherapy series

Antti Ervasti and Matti Pikkujämsä

Internationally bestselling and easily approachable and comforting selfcare with a visual approach – created by an experienced Finnish psychotherapist and an award-winning illustrator

•    Rights sold in 20+countries &  75,000 + copies sold!

Finnish psychotherapy professional Antti Ervasti is on a mission to make mental health visible, shining a light on everyday challenges, big and small, through the charming, imperfect and utterly relatable animal figures of Matti Pikkujämsä’s illustrations.

“Warmth and humour are often the best antidotes when trying to silence the inner critic.”
– Helena Aatsinki, Psychotherapist

The Story of Aino and Alvar Aalto

Heikki Aalto-Alanen

The love story of the world-famous, pioneering design couple Aino and Alvar Aalto, written by the Aaltos’ grandson

* US & UK publication in September 2023 by PHAIDON: Aino + Alvar Aalto!

“A beautiful and important contribution to architecture and design history. (…) This intimate account of the Aaltos, an early twentieth-century architecture power couple, restores Aino to her rightful place alongside her more well-known husband, Alvar. (…) this book by the couple’s grandson (Heikki Aalto-Alanen) suggests there was more to her role and to their relationship. He makes his case through a combination of fascinating, lengthy excerpts from original correspondence, narrative exposition, and bountiful, never-before-published period photographs, watercolors, and drawings from his family’s personal collection. (…) This characteristically elegant Phaidon publication, lush with images, is also remarkably personal.”
– Maggie Taft, Booklist, Starred Review, USA