Mankell to write about cancer experience

Swedish crime novelist Henning Mankell has been diagnosed with cancer, and plans to write about his treatment for the disease.

The author, who wrote the Wallander series of crime novels (Harvill Secker), which were turned into a Swedish TV series and a British TV series starring Kenneth Brannagh, revealed his diagnosis in a column in Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.

In the piece, the 65-year-old writer said he visited an orthopaedic surgeon in Stockholm at the start of the year, suffering with a herniated disc in his neck. "When I went back to Gothenburg the day after," he wrote, "I did it with a serious cancer diagnosis."

He wrote: "I had a tumour in my neck and also a tumour in the left lung. In addition, there were suspicions about the spread elsewhere in my body. This is now just over 14 days ago. I am now going through the final investigations before various forms of treatment should be initiated."

Mankell added: "Very early, I decided to try to write about this because it is ultimately about the pain and suffering that afflicts so many people."

Picture by Lina Ikse Bergman