Introducing New Authors for Ahlback Agency in Spring 2024!

We are very happy to announce representation of our wonderful new authors for the Spring 2024 season and couldn’t be more excited to share their new titles & works below! Welcome to the Ahlback Agency!

LITERARY FICTION: Tommi Kinnunen and Sara Al Husaini

CRIME & THRILLERS: Arttu Tuominen and Tuomas Oskari


CHILDREN’S & YA: Sanna Isto

ILLUSTRATORS: Anne Vasko and JP Ahonen

Join us in welcoming our new authors aboard, read more about them and their excellent new titles below and see our Spring 2024 Catalogue here:

View the new Catalogue here!


Tommi Kinnunen: Pine Bark

Tommi Kinnunen (1973) is one of Finland’s most award-winning, bestselling and internationally acclaimed authors of six novels: Tommi Kinnunen is the Winner of the Giuseppi Acerbi Prize of 2023, the Minna Canth Prize of 2020, and the Readers’ Favorite of the Finlandia Prize of 2020 and 2016. His works have been published in 22 territories. Kinnunen’s novels give a voice to those whose stories have been kept untold. He made a stellar debut with Where Four Roads Meet (orig. Neljäntienristeys) which won the Young Aleksis Prize in 2015. Tommi Kinnunen was born in Kuusamo in northeastern Finland and currently lives in Turku, where he works as a teacher of Finnish language and literature. His works include six novels, opera librettos, short stories, and a non-fiction title on the changes taking place in the Finnish school system.

Bark(Kaarna, WSOY, April 2024)A person cannot return to being who they once were without knowing who they have been.

Through the stroy of three siblings – a brother and two twin sisters – the novel reminisces childhood and family relationsihps. As the story progresses, the readers are transported through the decades, experiencing their mother Laina’s story.
One can only talk about men’s war, as the women’s war is soundless and forbidden.”

Photo: Ofer Amir

Pine Bark
Literary Fiction

Sara Al HusainiA Disobedient Girl

Sara Al Husaini (1992) is an award-winning and bestselling debut author: Winner of the BookBeat Newcomer of the Year Award and nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize of 2023 and Savonia Prize of 2023. Her debut novel A Disobedient Girl sold over 26,000 copies in Finland.

Al Husaini has studied English philology at the University of Helsinki and has worked, among others, as an intern at the European Parliament. She is currently a board member in Amnesty Finland and member of the steering group for UN Women Finland. In 2021, Al Husaini was chosen as the Refugee Woman of the Year by the Finnish Refugee Council.

A Disobedient Girl (Huono tyttö, Like, June 2023) is a deeply personal story of experiences for which there haven’t been words before. Al Husaini’s writing delves into the human psyche, weaving a tale that unravels the threads of cultural expectations and the resilience of those who defy them. Through her storytelling, Al Husaini seeks to provoke thought, challenge stereotypes, and ignite conversations that lead to meaningful societal shifts

Photo: Niclas Mäkelä / Otava

A Disobedient Girl

Literary Fiction

Arttu TuominenRiver Delta Series #5: The Liberator

Arttu Tuominen is a Spiegel Bestelling Author and winner of the Palle Rosenkrantz Prize 2023, shortlisted for the Glass Key Award 2021, and BookBeat Finland’s Best Finnish Crime Author 2021-2023. His River Delta Series has been sold to 7 territories.
Tuominen lives in Pori and works as  an environmental inspector. During the evenings, he writes dark and tough crime novels. Tuominen is skilled at giving a strong voice to both sides of the law, a humane and a recognisable voice.

River Delta Series #5: The Liberator (Vapahtaja, WSOY, August 2023)

The acclaimed River Delta series by Tuominen has seen commercial success and garnered praise from readers and critics alike, both at home and abroad. Set  in the city of Pori by the Gulf of Bothnia, a Finnish police unit has to solve crimes that force them to consider their own acts and values.

In The Liberator, the discoverance of a burnt body takes the police unitinto the world of the marginalised: nocturnal streets, drug dens, forest camps, bridge underpasses, and night shelters.

Author Photo: Juha Törmälä

River Delta Series
Crime & Thrillers
Rights sold to River Delta Series:

DENMARK: Modtryk (6 books)
FRANCE: La Martinière (4 books)
GERMANY: Bastei Lübbe (5 books)
ITALY: Piemme (2 books)
NETHERLANDS: De Fontein (3 books)
SLOVENIA: Litera (3 books)
SWEDEN: Lind & Co (3 books)

FILM & TV: Lucy Loves Drama

Tuomas Oskari: The Eagle

 Tuomas Oskari is a bestselling crime author of three novels and his debut won the BookBest Newcomer of the Year 2021 Award. Tuomas Oskari is his international pen name: in Finland, he is known as Tuomas Niskakangas. In addition to being a crime author, Niskakangas is a politics and economics journalist for Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest newspaper in Finland. He has a Master in Economics. Formerly Niskakangas has worked in Washington, D.C. as the USA correspondent for Helsingin Sanomat.

The Eagle (Kotka, Otava April 2024)Former prime minister of Finland Leo Koski is a 39-year-old single dad, done with politics and traumatized by the murder of his true love. As the populist US president Chester Tyler is withdrawing the United States from NATO, Koski is forced to return to the White House for one more meeting.

Things unravel when the president is poisoned. Koski is faced with a horrible choice between his daughter’s life and the security of Europe. With the New York Times reporter Ashley Pegula by his side, Koski has only a few hours to find out who poisoned the president. And why?

Perfect for anyone looking for a smart and fast-paced thriller, The Eagle is the third, fully independent book in the Leo Koski series.

Author photo: Jonne Räsänen

The Eagle
Crime & Thrillers


Helena Åhman: Emotional Courage

Helena Åhman, PhD, is a Professor of Practice at the University of Turku School of Economics and the only three-time literature prize winner for the best business book in Finland. She has been recognized four times as one of Finland’s best speakers by three different organizations and her accolades include the Speaker of the Year award in 2015. Helena has also published a crime novel and her ability to combine storytelling with scientific facts and everyday hints makes for an entertaining reading experience.

Emotional Courage (Tunnerohkeus, Otava, April 2024)

In Emotional Courage, Finland’s leading business writer Helena Åhman, PhD, shares her fascinating journey and discovery of a crucial ingredient to succeed in challenging interactions. She describes her encounters with NASA’s astronauts and Ivy League professors as well as with captivating Finnish leaders from the dark north who have succeeded from New York City to Dubai’s deserts and around the world. The stories span from Virgin Atlantic’s executive team to Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s wisdom and from excelling in the world-renowned Finnish school system to heading the Finnish Air Force.

Photo: Ville Jurikkala

Emotional Courage
Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Tuutikki Tolonen, illustrated by Anne Vasko: The Secret Ones

Anne Vasko is an internationally known Finnish children’s author and illustrator who has created visual worlds for numerous children’s books, both her own and written by others. She is the recipient of the Rudolf Koivu illustration award 2011 and has been nominated for the Finlandia Junior, and also for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2017 and 2021. Vasko graduated with a master’s degree in art from the Aalto Arts Helsinki.

Tuutikki Tolonen is the author of several acclaimed children’s books, plays and academic articles. She teaches creative writing and has worked as an editor and reporter at Vinski, a Finnish literary magazine for children. She has authored the prize-winning series Monster Nanny and Agnes. 

The Secret Ones (Salaiset, WSOY, March 2024)
This charming picture book invites its readers to play a game: could there be secret creatures, living side by side with humans in ordinary homes? They leave signs to those who know where and how to look.

Why are there crumbs on the kitchen floor? Perhaps you have a crumbscraper living with you! The creature itself is so shy, you can rarely see it. How about the holes in your socks; did you know they might be the result of a lintbug? And when the remote control is lost again, maybe the amnesianos have stolen it.

Photos: Milka Valanen, Otto VirtanenThe Secret Ones
Picture Books

Salla Simukka, illustrated by JP Ahonen: The Secret Staircase

JP Ahonen (1981) is a comic book artist, illustrator, and the author of several newspaper strips in his native Finland. He is best known for his graphic novel SING NO EVIL and the critically acclaimed strip series BELZEBUBS, which has evolved from a humble webcomic into a unique cross-media project, interweaving comics, music and animation.

Salla Simukka is the author of the international success story The Snow White Trilogy: rights are sold in 52 territories and in Hollywood. She has written several novels for young readers and her accolades include the Topelius Prize 2013 and the Finland Prize 2013. Simukka has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award  every year 2021–2024. Where It All Begins, published in 2022, is her first novel for adults.

The Secret Staircase (Poika ullakolla, poika kellarissa, Tammi, April 2024)

An exciting and touching novel about two boys, who live in the same house but in different realities. Can their friendship cross the border separating two worlds?

10-year-old Alexis’ family moves to a house where he gets the attic room. Another 10-year-old-boy, Max, moves to a house, where a great basement room is waiting for him. Soon the boys notice something weird in their houses: Alexis hears voices under the floor, even though they don’t have a basement. Max’s ears pick up someone playing an instrument from the attic, even though no one is there.

When the two boys finally meet, they realize that they can visit each other’s worlds at night time. But will their friendship endanger everything when the worlds start to blur into each other?

Photos: Marjaana Malkamäki, Outi Puhakka

The Secret Staircase

Sanna Isto: The Invisibles

Sanna Isto is an award-winning author of over 10 novels, a two-time winner of the Arvid Lydecken Award (2017, 2012) and nominated twice for the Finlandia Prize (2023, 2017). She is based in Berlin and has a master’s degree from the University of Helsinki. Her stories, rooted in everyday life, are often combined with something strange and out of the ordinary, which allows us to contemplate the world  from a new and intriguing angle.

The Invisibles (Näkymättömät, Tammi, April 2023)

Pii is not happy when she’s forced to spend her vacation away from the city and her freinds, in a strange and peculiar house. Who is the boy who moves around the house as if it were his own, and why can’t anyone else see him?

Pii’s experience of being an outsider turns into a strength, because she sees things that others don’t notice. Soon she finds herself in the middle of a secret that overshadows the sunny idyll of the small village. Are the thefts of vacation homes and the unsolved death that happened half a year ago related? And what does the mysterious boy in the green cap have to do with all this?

A vacation Pii expected to be boring turns into a journey of self-discovery, and in the end nothing – not even the ghosts – is what it seemed at first.

Author photo: Nili Raz Almong

The Invisibles
Young Adult