Finn-Ole Heinrich

Finn-Ole Heinrich was born in 1982 and grew up in Cuxhaven. Heinrich debuted as an author at the age of 23 with the short story collection Die taschen voll wasser  (“Pockets full of water”, 2005). In nine short stories, he looks at characters in their twenties, examining how they relate to the great and often serious themes in life: friendship, love and sexuality, the search for meaning in life, and death. Heinrich’s coming-of-age novel Räuberhände (“Thieving Hands”, 2007) tells the story of an adolescent friendship and delivers a sensitive psychological portrait that is written in a confident style.
Frerk, du Zwerg! (“Frerk, You Dwarf!”, 2011) is Heinrich’s first book for children and tells the story of Frerk who finds an unusual egg, which he hatches by mistake, an occurrence that turns his life upside down from one day to the next. Lovingly illustrated by the Icelandic-Norwegian illustrator Rán Flygenring, it is a passionate plea to accept differentness and is written with a great deal of wit and an eye for bizarre details. In Die erstaunlichen Abenteuer der Maulina Schmitt – Mein kaputtes Königreich  (“The Amazing Adventure of Maulina Schmitt – My Broken Kingdom”, 2013) Heinrich has released the first in a trilogy of children’s novels. The book tells a story about loss and the changes this brings about in the life of the ten-year-old main character. The author has once again written a book with captivating central characters who take hold of the reader’s heart in a writing style that is just as literary as it is crazy. Heinrich has received many awards, among these the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Prize 2012) and the French-German Literature Prize. Finn-Ole lives as a freelance author in Hamburg and the south of France.


In cooperation with the Goethe-Institute in Denmark.