World English Rights sold to STOP CHASING HAPPINESS by Frank Martela

We are very happy to announce that the World English language rights to Frank Martela’s STOP CHASING HAPPINESS has been sold to Allen & Unwin! This deal was closed by Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlback Agency.

Finally, the secrets of Finnish happiness will be shared with the English-speaking world. Frank delivers the full English manuscript in September 2024, and Allen & Unwin plans to publish in March 2025. Congratulations, Frank! 

Praise: Allen & Unwin, Non-Fiction Editor Erika Koljonen said:
As a Finn living in the UK, one of the questions I’m most often asked is “why are Finnish people so happy?” – and now I have an answer to give in the form of Frank’s wonderful book! I’m beyond excited to be bringing Frank’s wit and insight on happiness and life satisfaction to an English-speaking audience, and for Frank to have found the perfect home at Allen & Unwin.

Professor Frank Martela, one of the leading researchers of happiness and meaning in life, has been sharing his insights into the Finnish way of living in numerous articles, lastly in CNBC.

What a perfect time to acquire rights! Finland being the world’s happiest country 7th time in a row!

We now have three English sample chapters of the book! Rights are still available for France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, etc! 

Download the English materials for STOP CHASING HAPPINESS here!

Stop Chasing Happiness: Counterintuitive Life Advice from the World’s Happiest Country
Approx. 40,000 words

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Gummerus (Spring 2025)
WORLD ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Allen & Unwin (March 2025)

Reading materials:
English sample chapters & book proposal available
Full English ms. in September 2024

About author

Frank Martela

Professor Frank Martela, PhD, is a philosopher and researcher of psychology specializing in the question of meaning in life. His articles have appeared in Scientific American Mind, Harvard Business Review, Salon, CNBC and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Personality, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, and Academy of Management Review. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on five continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Vice News, Fox News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is Assistant Professor at Aalto University in Finland.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children, an amateur-level soccer player, with an occasional skiing trip in the winters. He is made in Green Bay, so Packers holds a special place in his heart.


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