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The man who stirred a hornets’ nest

Writing a sequel to the Millennium Trilogy left David Lagercrantz wealthy but hated, says Andy Martin

“What are we supposed to do with all the money?”

I should stress that David Lagercrantz only sounded like a character out of a Quentin Tarantino movie. He hadn’t robbed a bank. Instead he had recently published The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the sequel to Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium Trilogy. We were having dinner at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, cracking open a bottle of champagne to toast his success. But Lagercrantz is more ambivalent than appearances might indicate. Although his sequel has been a success in commercial terms, he has been attacked by Swedish literary figures. Henning Mankell said that he had “betrayed literature,” while others have accused him of being a “monster plundering a grave.” Lagercrantz, now working on a new Larsson novel, feels a little like a pop star who can’t quite work out why he has become so immensely popular—and unpopular—overnight.

David Lagercrantz has been accused of “betraying literature” by Henning Mankell
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In Prospect’s July issue: In her final issue as Editor Bronwen Maddox explores the legacy of former Prime Minister Tony Blair having spoken with him at a Prospect event on 24th May. She examines his domestic policy, the lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan and what the future holds for the Labour Party. The Chancellor George Osborne lays down his view on why the public should to “Remain” in the EU, and Ian Hargreaves takes a close look at what is happening at the BBC. Also in this issue: Former Conservative leader David Davis suggests he can see a very narrow set of circumstances that might push him towards running for the party leadership again, William Skidelsky writes about why tennis is the best sport and Vanora Bennett looks at Svetlana Alexievich’s extraordinary work recording Russia’s lost voices.