13.07.11 | Philip Stone - The Bookseller
The book joins an elite group of just five other adult-audience novels to have sold more than two million copies: Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Vintage), and four novels by Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol and Deception Point—all published in the UK by Transworld).
Just shy of £29m has been spent on Larsson's entire trilogy since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hit the shelves, accounting for more than 60% of his UK publisher Quercus' total book sales, according to Nielsen BookScan data.
Former Harvill publisher Christopher MacLehose acquired world English-language rights to the Millennium trilogy in 2007 from Magdelena Hedlund at Stockholm's Norstedts Agency. At the time, he told The Bookseller: "I think Larsson is going to be very, very big. I know a large number of people who have just devoured these books".