Orenda Books signs award-winning, bestselling Norwegian author Helga Flatland in LBF pre-empt

Orenda Books signs award-winning, bestselling Norwegian author Helga Flatland in LBF pre-empt


We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of World English Language rights for award-winning and bestselling Norwegian author Helga Flatland’s A Modern Family, in a two-book deal negotiated with Annette Orre of the Oslo Literary Agency.

A stunningly beautiful, emotive and character-driven piece of literary fiction, A Modern Family focuses on the reactions of a set of grown-up children, who hear that their seventy-year-old parents are divorcing. With the exquisite narrative clarity of an Anne Tyler novel, this gently melancholic, compelling, funny, moving and affectionate novel has won countless awards in Helga Flatland’s Norwegian homeland and has an undoubtedly universal appeal.

We are utterly thrilled to publish Helga Flatland, who has been on our radar for quite some time. Her flawless writing, extraordinary ability to dissect and explore emotions, and her startling, deeply moving and accurate insights into relationships and our own fragilities are both memorable and possibly unsurpassed. A Modern Family does not just have immense literary merit; its beauty and truth ring out from the very first page. Helga is a perfect fit for the Orenda list, and bringing this book to the English-reading world is an absolute honour.

Although a large number of our literary titles fall into the category of genre fiction – in particular, crime and thrillers – we have had exceptional success with beautifully written women’s fiction from authors like Agnes Ravatn (The Bird Tribunal), Louise Beech (Maria in the Moon) and Su Bristow (Sealskin), and know that readers of high-class literary fiction are going to love this. I’m also delighted to announce that the incredibly talented Rosie Hedger, translator of The Bird Tribunal, will be translating Helga’s words into faultless English.

Annette Orre says, ‘Oslo Literary Agency is super excited to team up with Orenda Books in order to bring one of our strongest young literary voices to lucky English readers. We love the infectious energy of the Orenda team and the great commitment they show their authors, as well as the results they achieve, and have wanted to work with this publisher for a long time.  Helga Flatland has won the hearts of Norwegian booksellers, readers and critics alike, and her first Swedish review was just in, stating that A Modern Family provides an “unusually insightful and psychologically emphatic portrait of a family on the verge of breakdown”.’

Helga Flatland says, ‘Entering the English language market is a milestone for any international author, and I am so grateful and thrilled that this book is being taken there by Orenda Books. And I cannot wait to come visit and meet new readers!’

A Modern Family will be published in late Spring 2019