The fourth book in the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series will be called The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
Quercus today (31st March) revealed the title and the UK cover for the book, which has been written by Swedish author David Lagercrantz, co-author of footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovich (Penguin).
Larsson died in 2004, before he saw his trilogy of novels, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, become an international publishing phenomenon.
The books follow computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist.
The text of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, translated by George Goulding, is embargoed until its worldwide release on August 27th 2015.
The novel has been acquired for translation by 38 publishers.
British publisher Christopher MacLehose said: “David Lagercrantz is not only a distinguished novelist, he is an exceptional storyteller. His Millennium novel brilliantly prolongs the story of Lisbeth Salander and of Mikael Blomqvist."
Erland and Joakim Larsson of the Stieg Larsson Estate said: “By letting David Lagercrantz write his own Millennium novel we keep alive the characters and the universe Stieg Larsson created.”
Quercus is planning a series of events in the run-up to the release of The Girl in the Spider’s Web.
On 30th April the publisher will host The Day of the Girl, to mark the birthday of Lisbeth Salander. The online celebration will use the hashtag #dayofthegirl.
Lagercrantz will appear at the Hay Festival in May to promote his new book Fall of Man in Wilmslow (Quercus), also translated by Goulding, and “prove he’s the man to take on Stieg Larsson’s mantel”, said Quercus.
On 4th June the first three books in the Millennium series will be reissued, with new covers, to launch the Read the Girl campaign.
Supported by online and offline advertising, the campaign will involve hundreds of libraries across the country taking part via the Reading Agency, and there will be an exclusive reading group event.
In July Quercus will do a 24-hour giveaway of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and in August there will be a “massive offline and online advertising campaign announcing Lisbeth’s return with bus side advertising, striking creative and innovative online advertising”.
Bethan Ferguson, marketing manager at Quercus and MacLehose Press, said “As is fitting for such an international publishing event, we will be working with other publishers across the world to create these key moments from now right through to August to remind people how fantastic the first three books are, what an exciting and different heroine Lisbeth is and – of course – building anticipation for The Girl in the Spider’s Web. It will be an unmissable campaign.”
The first three books in the Millennium series have sold 6,077,374 copies through Nielsen BookScan.
Publisher Christopher MacLehose said last year that Larsson had mapped out 10 books in the Millennium series, and that when The Girl in the Spider’s Web “has worked, a great many writers will put their hands up and say: ‘I would love to write Millennium Five’”.