The hottest series this season continues to conquer the world: French rights of Ann-Christin Antell’sbestselling Cotton Mill trilogy have been acquired by Marabout, an imprint ofHachette, the largest publisher in France and the third largest publishing group in the world.
This is the second foreign rights sale for the trilogy; a few weeks ago, Danish rights weresold to People’s Press. The French deal was made with the help of our wonderful partner in France, Anna Lindblom from the Nordik Agency.
Founded in 1949, Marabout joined Hachette Group in 1983. With ca. 500 new titles published every year and numerous collections on its list, Marabout’s primary focus is “to give pleasure to their readers”.
Dubbed as Bridgerton meets L. M. Montgomery, the trilogy began with The Shadow of the Cotton Mill, in 2021, depicting the life of an independent woman in an era when industrialists make up the new elite, women demand equality, and Finland’s status as a nation is undergoing a transformation. The book immediately swept the hearts of the Finnish readers: speedily climbing to bestsellers’ lists, the novel sold close to 40,000 copies in Finland altogether.
The second instalment of the trilogy, Heir to the Cotton Mill (2022), picks up the story in the early 20th century, when Finland’s cultural elite, with their strong sense of nationhood, find themselves at odds with Russia’s increasingly oppressive policies. The book has already sold 20,000 copies in Finland.
The third book, A Rival for the Cotton Mill, is due to be published in 2023.
Happy news from across the water: Eva Frantz’s bestselling series featuring a somewhat quirky detective Anna Glad will continue to be published in Estonia, as Rahva Raamat acquires the rights for the second novel in the series, The Eighth Maiden.
Rahva Raamat is one of the oldest and most established publishing houses in Estonia, with a wide selection of books for all kinds of taste. They previously published the first part in the Anna Glad series, The Blue Villa.
The series has also been sold to Denmark (Gyldendal) and Germany (Aufbau), and the third book, Out of the Game (2020), was published in Sweden (Sekwa). The books have done incredibly well on the home front: with praising reviews and over 55,000 copies sold in Finland, Glad remains one of the favourite police investigators among the readers.
Frantz discussed the character and creating suspenseful plots on the cheerful Literature from Finland podcast episode ATMOSPHERES, which can be found on any of the usual platforms.
Exciting news has reached us from France: Antti Rönkä’s 2019 sensation, novel Off the Ground, is now nominated for the Inalco-Vo/Vf translation award in France! The book was translated by Sébastien Cagnoli and published by Payot et Rivages.
The award was established in 2019, by Inalco language institute (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales), in order to recognise the best French translation of the year from a language that is taught at the institute. The award sum is 1000 euros.
Off the Ground, published in French as Sans toucher terre, is one of the seven nominees. The winner will be announced on 2nd of October.
Upon its publication in 2019, this debut novel caused quite a stir in Finland because of its painful subject, and received praise for the way topics of shame and acceptance have been explored throughout this beautiful text.
The novel received Thank You for the Book! prize and was long-listed for the prestigious Runeberg Prize.