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Millenium Wins International Emmy

Yellow Bird’s Millennium series based on Stieg Larsson’s best-selling trilogy won the International Emmy Award for Best TV Movie-Mini-series. The award was given on Monday at the International Emmy’s in New York.

Millennium Emmy Winners - (left - right) Niels Arden Oplev and  Yellow Bird Søren Stærmose

The last time Sweden won the prestigious international recognition was in 1998 with Lars Molin’s The Tattooed Widow.

The acting duo Noomi Rapace and Michael Persbrandt playing the leads in the 6X90′Millennium films and TV series were Emmy nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor but lost respectively to UK actress Julie Walters (MO) and actor Christoffer Eccleston (Accused). The series directed by Niels Arden Oplev (pictued left with Yellow Bird producer Søren Stærmose right accepting the award) and Daniel Alfredson was produced by Yellow Bird in co-production with SVT, Nordisk Film, and ZDF Enterprises.

Read the full story on the Norsk Film and TV Fond website

MacLehose Monday: Larsson Boxset

Back through the mists of time in January 2008, when the credit crunch was but a twinkle in a banker’s eye, the first MacLehose Press titles were released into British bookshops.

And it would certainly be fair to say it all began with a bang, because one of the first three books, in its iconic red-dragon jacket, was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by the late Stieg Larsson.

Two years later on, and Lisbeth Salander has taken over the world.

This month, MacLehose Press are delighted to announce the publication of the Millennium Trilogy boxset edition. Three stunning cloth-bound volumes, with a revamped text (which incorporates the amendments that readers from all over the world have helped us to gather), maps of Sweden, Stockholm and its surroundings, and Stieg Larsson’s own drawing of Hedeby Island. Also included is a poster of a number of Larsson covers from our publishing counterparts around the world.

Three volumes? Well, no. There’s more. Exclusive to the Boxset, is the Millennium Trilogy Afterword, a slim-but-vital volume comprising four essays and the exchange of e-mails between Stieg Larsson and his Swedish editor, which provide fascinating insights into Larsson’s life and work.

Jonas Sundberg, one of the founders, with Larsson, of Expo Magazine, writes about their time together as crusading anti-extremists. Eva Gedin, his editor at Swedish publisher Norstedts, reveals what it was like to work with Larsson the crime writer, at once disarmingly modest but quietly confident that his trilogy would make a splash. John-Henri Holmberg examines the trilogy against the wider context of Swedish literature and crime writing, and Svante Weyler, formerly publishing director of Norstedts, takes a step back to consider its impact on Sweden’s international standing.

But most intriguing of all is the e-mail exchange between Larsson and his editors at Norstedts, revealing first-hand to readers the warmth and good humour with which he conducted himself.

So there you have it: the Millennium Trilogy Boxset. It looks fantastic, it’s feature-packed, it’s out now, and it’s so popular we’ve already had to reprint! A must for Larsson fanatics, and the perfect Christmas gift. In all good bookshops now…