Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The return of Lisbeth book 4

I got in late last night so have only just seen this news in the MacLehose newsletter: a new Salander/Blomkvist title is to be written by David Lagercrantz and published in 2015:

David Lagercrantz writes a fourth book in the Millennium series

Stieg Larsson's Millennium books have sold more than 75 million copies in 50 countries, making it one of the most successful book series in modern times.

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist and the universe that Stieg Larsson created around Millennium, has engaged readers worldwide. Norstedts has today signed an agreement with David Lagercrantz, who has taken on the challenging task of writing a fourth, independent continuation of the Millennium Series.

David Lagercrantz has written several novels and non-fiction books. He has in his writing constantly sought out odd characters and complex geniuses. In 2011, I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic was published, one of the most successful Swedish books in recent years and a success worldwide.

In August 2015, exactly 10 years since Norstedts published Män som hatar kvinnor [in English The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo], the fourth part in the Millennium series will be published.

Linda Altrov Berg, the rights director of Norstedts, adds this coda, addressed to the worldwide publishers of Stieg Larsson:

Over the years we have been asked if there will ever be more books in the Millennium series. The question is not unexpected, as Stieg’s story and his books have engaged millions of readers all over the world.

Now we can finally answer that question.

I am happy to announce that Norstedts and Moggliden, the Stieg Larsson estate, recently decided to let the story about Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist continue. Swedish author David Lagercrantz will write an entirely new story based on Stieg Larsson's universe and characters. Ten years after Norstedts first published Män som hatar kvinnor by the unknown author Stieg Larsson, we will launch the fourth Millennium book.

Lagercrantz has written several books and has also worked as a journalist. His critically acclaimed book I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been one of the best-selling Swedish titles of recent years, and this fall it was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in the UK. In Sweden, the book was shortlisted for the August Prize and rights have been sold to close to 20 languages. Lagercrantz lives on Södermalm in Stockholm, in the same neighborhood where much of the action in the Millennium Trilogy is set. In my opinion, this together with the fact that he has a long experience from major newspapers make him the perfect choice.
Norstedts will publish Millennium #4 in August 2015. We already have an agreement in place for world English rights with MacLehose Press/Quercus, and they aim for simultaneous publication.

We are all thrilled and look forward to sharing an adventure with you once again!


Muse said...

Well I am certainly excited about the news. I wonder if he'll have access to notes left by Larrson as to where he felt the characters were heading?

Margot Kinberg said...

Karen - Now this is interesting! Not that I'm shocked, as it's been a very successful series...