Alone - Yes, Please!

Marika Riikonen

Original title: Yksin, kiitos

Author: Marika Riikonen

Published: 2023

Publisher: Hertta Kustannus

Genre: Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Pages: 264

Reading material:

English sample and table of contents

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

  • An entertaining examination of the stigma of loneliness
  • A good life lived alone is a phenomenon that is taboo - and yet perfectly ordinary

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?

The need for being alone – for “me-time” – is very common. Still, literature on it is scarce – even if being alone is connected to all aspects of life, the big and the small.

Alone - Yes, Please! 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.

Based on the author’s own experiences, Alone - Yes, Please! shakes our strongly rooted idea that life revolving around family or a relationship, never mind the constant need for company, is the only right option.

An intelligent and wise book that gives a blessing to the decision to be alone. So many things and thoughts felt familiar [--] nearly everyone feels the need to be in only their own company from time to time [--] it’s not a fault, not a traumatic response, not a sign of commitment issues or anything else that needs to be healed or punished.

– Anu Holopainen, author

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FINLAND: Hertta Kustannus (orig.)

About author

Marika Riikonen

Marika Riikonen is an author and journalist from Tampere - and also a perennial horse girl and humble servant to a cat. Riikonen has a master’s degree from the University of Tampere and she has studied Finnish literature, theater and drama, and communication studies. Her passions are reading - always and everywhere - , talking about books and the phenomena of life, and Roman pizza con patate.

Her literary career started in the early 2000s with speculative fiction short stories and progressed to editing anthologies and writing novels and non-fiction books. Her works include Ravilikat (Karisto 2020), a YA novel about harness racing; Hevostytöt (Art House 2020), a non-fiction title about horse girls; and Lasinen merenneito (Karisto 2021), an adventure novel set in Venice and the borders of reality. Riikonen has also written plays and appeared on stage.

As an editor and critic, Riikonen has oriented towards culture, especially children’s and YA literature. She is particularly proud of Finland’s only regularly published children’s and YA literature column, Sieppari, that has appeared in Hämeen Sanomat newspaper since 2006.


2023, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Marika Riikonen

Alone - Yes, Please!