A new bestselling Czech author is born, having published her debut work at the age of fifty.

A new bestselling Czech author is born, having published her debut work at the age of fifty.

An exceptional phenomenon has emerged in Czech literature, as amply testified by the reaction of fans and literary critics alike and the number of copies sold. A few years ago, Alena Mornštajnová took a big gamble: she quit her job to focus on her writing.


Her literary debut, the novel Slepá mapa / Blind Map, was published when she was fifty, soon to be followed by the novel Hotýlek / The Little Hotel. Her most successful book to date is her latest novel Hana / Hana, which has become a huge hit on social media. Alena Mornštajnová’s position on the Czech market is getting stronger by the day. In the influential Databáze knih (the Czech equivalent of Goodreads), Hana is currently listed as the tenth-best book by reader evaluation; the novel also scored highly in the prestigious Lidové noviny Book of the Year 2017 poll, achieving 7th-9th place.    

In recent months, Hana has become a regular among Host Publishers’ (www.hostbrno.cz, see left-hand sidebar) top-selling titles, and it has been doing extremely well on the bestseller lists for works by Czech authors, as published on the website of distributor Kosmas (currently, it sits in third place). Owing to great reader interest, Host Publishers is reprinting all three of Alena Mornštajnová’s novels, which to date have sold over 20,000 copies in total. Paperback editions of Hana and Slepá mapa/Blind Map are in preparation.    

Host Publishers is pleased to announce the emergence of another Czech bestselling author, who takes her place alongside Kateřina Tučková and Petra Soukupová.

10. 1. 2018