Quercus has announced that the next title in the late Stieg Larsson's Millennium series by David Lagercrantz will be The Girl Who Lived Twice.
Simultaneously revealing the cover for the book - a closely cropped photo of Lisbeth's face, and her shoulder bearing the now famous tattoo - the campaign for The Girl Who Lived Twice kicked off on Thursday (15th November), with Quercus sharing the image with a number of specially invited bloggers and instagrammers. For the first time, Quercus will also be releasing a limited number in advance of publication.
The plot for The Girl Who Lived Twice is still carefully under wraps, but, having been introduced to Lisbeth’s twin Camilla in The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, Lagercrantz's UK publisher said: "We are making an educated guess that it’s not just Lisbeth who will be back this time! ... Readers love Lisbeth and we can’t wait to share the next instalment of her life."
Due to publish on 22nd August 2019, the book is thought to be the last that Lagercrantz will write in the Millennium series. As the sixth in the series overall, it follows the first three original books that Larsson wrote himself (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, all of which were published after his death in 2004), and the two books Lagercrantz wrote to continue the series (The Girl in the Spider's Web, published in 2015, and The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, published in 2017).
In conversation with The Bookseller last year Lagercrantz said: "I will just write one more [The Girl Who Lived Twice] actually. I opened a door and it made news in Sweden because I said, quoting a Bond movie, 'never say never,' because maybe I’d be tempted [to write another] because it’s so much fun. But for me it is important to do something new."
To date, through Nielsen Bookscan, Larsson has sold 6.16 million books for £34.3m and Lagercrantz has sold at 497,717 books for £3.7m. No news has been shared as yet on what is in store for the series, and whether a new author will be taken on to extend it, beyond 2019.