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I will write a couple of books and become a millionaire

Journalist and political activist Karl Stig-Erland “Stieg” Larsson was just 50 when he died of a heart attack while on the way to work in Stockholm.

Within a year of his death, he’d become an internationally-known author, as the first of what became known as his Millennium trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, was published. It became a bestseller; inspiring a big screen version in 2011.

Two sequels, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest followed and it later emerged that Stieg had been working on the fourth of what he’d intended as a 10-part series of novels.

Larsson had loved writing from an early age. He was given a typewriter for his 12th birthday and had initially begun to write science fiction fanzines. Covering sports news in his professional career, he was also a campaigner on the left wing political front, campaigning to expose far-right extremism.

In 2009, Stieg’s family and publisher established a literary prize in his memory, which is awarded to writers whose own published work reflects Larsson’s spirit.