Polish rights for THE INVESTIGATIONS OF A CERTAIN CAT sold to Swiat Ksiazki!

We are very happy to announce that Swiat Ksiazki have acquired Polish language rights to THE INVESTIGATIONS OF A CERTAIN CAT by Katja Kettu, in a deal closed by Anna Kappauf at the Ahlback Agency!

With magical realism reminiscent of Haruki Murakami’s novels and more mature Studio Ghibli films, Katja Kettu’s stunning novel spins through ages whilst surrendering to the wilderness
of nature and the deep yearning for those that inherit our legacy.

Rights are still available in France, the US & UK, Spain…

Aside from the full Finnish manuscript, we have an English sample and synopsis, along with PDFs in previously published language upon request.

Click here to download materials for THE INVESTIGATIONS OF A CERTAIN CAT



Rights sold: FINLAND: Otava (orig.), CZECHIA: Argo, DENMARK: Lindhardt og Ringhof, ESTONIA: Koolibri, GERMANY: Weissbooks, HUNGARY: Gondolat, ITALY: Mondadori, NORWAY: Pax Forlag, POLAND: Swiat Ksiazki, ROMANIA: Humanitas, SWEDEN: Albert Bonniers

About author

Katja Kettu

Katja Kettu is an acclaimed and award-winning writer with a strong, unique voice from Northern Finland. Originally from Rovaniemi, Lapland, she graduated from the Turku Academy of Arts in 2001 as an animation director and has also studied in the University of Tampere and in the National Film and Television School in the UK. She has worked as a columnist for numerous Finnish newspapers and magazines.

Her debut novel Surujenkerääjä (2005) was nominated for the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize and won the Tiiliskivi Prize, but her breakthrough came with The Midwife (orig. Kätilö, 2011), which won the Kalevi Jäntti Prize, the Runeberg Prize and the Thank You for the Book Medal. The rights for the novel have been sold to 19 countries, it has sold more than 160,000 copies in Finland, and in 2015 it was adapted into a film.

To date, she has published five novels, written or edited two collections of short stories, authored a graphic novel, edited a fiction/non-fiction book on women’s experiences with sexual harassment and violence, and a biography of Ismo Alanko, a Finnish musician. In addition, she has collaborated with photographer Meeri Koutaniemi and documentarist Maria Seppälä on a book and a TV series about Finnish emigrants in North America and their relationships with the Ojibwe people. Outside of literature, Kettu has directed, written or helped produce 10 animations and been a singer in the punk band Confusa.

Kettu’s works have been characterized as “Laplandic magical realism”. Kettu is meticulous in the research for her works and she is interested in microhistory, especially the fates of women caught up in conflicts where individuals have a limited influence on their lives.

Her novel Rose on poissa was a Finlandia Prize 2018 nominee. Kettu's works have been translated into 23 languages.

Katja Kettu's literary works:

Surujenkerääjä, 2005 WSOY

Hitsaaja, 2008 WSOY

Kätilö, 2011 WSOY

Piippuhylly, novelleja, 2013 WSOY

Novelli palaa! Matkanovelleja, co-edited with Aki Salmela, 2013 WSOY

Yöperhonen, 2015 WSOY

Peräkammarin poika, illustrated by Jan Andersson, 2015 Otava

Rose on poissa, 2018 WSOY

Erään kissan tutkimuksia, 2023 Otava


2023, Literary Fiction

The Investigations of a Certain Cat

Katja Kettu