David Lagercrantz

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David Lagercrantz
David Lagercrantz, författare.jpg
David Lagercrantz as Augustpriset nominee in 2012
Born (1962-09-04) September 4, 1962 (age 54)
Solna, Sweden
Occupation Journalist, novelist
Genre Biographies, crime fiction, and journalism.
Relatives Olof Lagercrantz (father)
Martina Ruin (mother)
Marika Lagercrantz (sister)

David Lagercrantz (born 4 September 1962) is a Swedish journalist and best-selling author, internationally known as the author of I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic[1] and The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the fourth instalment in the Millennium series originated by Stieg Larsson. He is a board member of Swedish PEN.[2]


David Lagercrantz grew up in Solna, Stockholm. He studied philosophy and religion at university and subsequently graduated from the Gothenburg school of journalism. He began his career as a reporter at regional newspaper Sundsvalls Tidning as crime reporter[3] and continued on to the national daily newspaper Expressen, where he covered some of the major criminal cases of the late 80s and early 90s in Sweden, notably the Åmsele murders, later to become the topic of his book Änglarna i Åmsele.

David Lagercrantz is the son of Olof Lagercrantz and Martina Ruin (daughter of Hans Ruin) and brother of the actress Marika Lagercrantz. He is married to Anne Lagercrantz with whom he has three children.[4]


His first book, Göran Kropp 8000+, was released in 1997. The book is a biography of the Swedish adventurer and mountaineer Göran Kropp (1966–2002). In 2000, his biography of the inventor Håkan Lans, Ett svenskt geni, was published. The book was turned into a documentary film, Patent 986.

His breakthrough as a novelist was Fall of Man in Wilmslow, a novel about the British mathematician Alan Turing.[5],. The response was consistently positive and the book has since sold in over 15 countries languages.[6][7]

In 2005, Himmel över Everest was released: a fictive narrative of the catastrophe on Mount Everest in 1996 where twelve people died.

I am Zlatan Ibrahimović (2011)[edit]

In November 2011, David Lagercrantz’s best-selling sports biography I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic was published, with Lagercrantz. The Swedish language edition sold over 500,000 copies in six weeks making it the fastest selling book of all time in Sweden.[8] The biography has today been translated to more than 30 languages.[9][10] I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic received much attention as it contributed to an increased readership amongst boys and young men.[11] It was nominated for The August Prize in 2012 and The William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2013.[12][13] In Financial Times, Simon Kuper called the biography “The best footballer’s autobiography of recent years”. [14]

The Girl in the Spider's Web (2015)[edit]

In December 2013, the Swedish publishing company Norstedts announced that Lagercrantz had been contracted to write the fourth novel in the Millennium series of crime novels, originally by Stieg Larsson (1954–2004). The novel was published on August 27, 2015 and was launched in 27 countries at the same time.[15] It received consistent positive reviews, reached international sales records and landed on the best selling lists all over the world.[16][17][18][19] The novel was designated as one of the year’s best thrillers in 2014 by the magazine Esquire, and nominated to the 2016 Petrona Award in the category of Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year in 2016. The movie rights are held by Sony.

Lagercrantz donated approximately €100 000 of his profits to Läsrörelsen, an organisation working for children’s and youth’s readership.


  • Nominated to The August Prize in 2012 for I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic [20]
  • Short-listed to The William Hill Sport Book of the Year in 2013 for I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic [21]
  • Designated as one of the year’s best thrillers in 2015 by the magazine Esquire for The Girl in the Spider’s Web [22]
  • Short-listed to the 2016 Petrona Award – Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year for The Girl in the Spider’s Web [23]


Board member of Swedish PEN, that fights for persecuted authors over the entire world.[24]

Actively involved in children’s and youth’s readership through Läsrörelsen.[25][26]


Göran Kropp 8000 plus (1997), biography of Göran Kropp

Änglarna i Åmsele (1998), non-fiction, about the Åmsele triple murder case

Ett svenskt geni (2000), biography of Håkan Lans

Stjärnfall (2001), novel

Där gräset aldrig växer mer (2002), novel

Underbarnets gåta (2003), novel

Himmel över Everest (2005), novel

Ett svenskt geni – berättelsen om Håkan Lans och kriget han startade (second revised and expanded edition) (2006)

Fall of man in Wilmslow (2009), novel

I am Zlatan Ibrahimović (Original title: Jag är Zlatan Ibrahimović, 2011).

The Girl in the Spider's Web (2015), novel, part four in the Millennium series

The Girl who takes An Eye for An Eye[27] (2017), novel, part five in the Millennium series


  1. ^ "Jag är Zlatan Ibrahimović". Wikipedia (in Swedish). 2016-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Svenska PEN". Wikipedia (in Swedish). 2016-03-31. 
  3. ^ "David Lagercrantz om tiden på ST: "Länge gick jag runt och fattade ingenting"". Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  4. ^ "»Jag har blommat ut som excentriker« - Fokus" (in Swedish). 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  5. ^ "Förvandlaren - Fokus" (in Swedish). 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  6. ^ "Fall of Man in Wilmslow by David Lagercrantz; trans. George Goulding,". 2015-05-07. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  7. ^ "Förvandlaren - Fokus" (in Swedish). 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  8. ^ "Tragedin i Norge fick Zlatan att berätta allt". Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Zlatans boksuccé fortsätter: "Såld till över 20 länder"". Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  10. ^ "Zlatan Ibrahimovics självbiografi nobbades i London". Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  11. ^ ""Zlatan får folk att rusa till biblioteket" - DN.SE" (in Swedish). 2014-08-23. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  12. ^ "Augustpriset genom åren | Augustpriset". www.augustpriset.se. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  13. ^ "Ibrahimović shortlisted for William Hill | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  14. ^ Kuper, Simon (2013-03-01). "Philip Roth and Zlatan Ibrahimović". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  15. ^ "Så blir nya Millenniumromanen - DN.SE" (in Swedish). 2015-01-27. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  16. ^ "Millennium sätter rekord". Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  17. ^ Flood, Alison (2015-10-06). "The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz review – Lisbeth lives…". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  18. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (2015-08-26). "Review: ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ Brings Back Stieg Larsson’s Detective Duo". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  19. ^ Ivarsson, Torbjörn (12 September 2015). "Lagercrantz Millennium listetta världen över". Dagens Nyheter. 
  20. ^ "Augustpriset genom åren | Augustpriset". www.augustpriset.se. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  21. ^ "Ibrahimović shortlisted for William Hill | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  22. ^ "These Are the Three Best Detective Novels of 2015". 2015-12-27. Retrieved 2016-09-02. 
  23. ^ "Lagercrantz shortlisted for 2016 Petrona Award | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  24. ^ "Svenska PEN". 
  25. ^ "Miljonsatsning bakom nytt läsprojekt". Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  26. ^ Mothander, Oskar. "Läsrörelsen". www.lasrorelsen.nu. Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  27. ^ The Girl who takes An Eye for An Eye, Knopf

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