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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo reaches 2m UK sales

14th July 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first book in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, has become only the sixth adult novel in history to sell over two million copies in the UK.

It follows in the footsteps of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and four Dan Brown novels The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Deception Point and The Lost Symbol.

Last week alone, 10,870 copies of the novel were sold, according to Nielsen BookScan data, taking the total sold to 2,000,345 since the book was published in the UK in January 2008.

The analyst now expects the other two books in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, to follow suit and pass the two-million mark in the near future.

Last year, Larsson's brother Joakim confirmed the existence of a fourth novel in the Millennium series, originally intended to be published as the fifth book in the sequence, which the author was reportedly close to completing before his death from a heart attack in 2004.

The manuscript is currently in the possession of Larsson's long-time partner Eva Gabrielsson, who has been locked in a legal dispute with the author's family ever since his sudden death.

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