David Lagercrantz is a well established Swedish journalist and also one of the best-selling authors of his time. He is best known as the author of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s biography “I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic”.
Personal life and Family
Lagercrantz (the son of Olof Lagercrantz, a literary scholar and Martina Ruin, the daughter of a philosopher) was fortunate enough to grow up in Sweden’s foremost intellectual and journalistic circles. Looking back, he spent most of his early childhood in Stockholm alongside his sisters and brothers, amongst them, Diplomat and actress Marika Lagecrantz. While growing up, he was hugely interested in sports. In fact, one of his proudest achievements during his child hood was trouncing over the future world champion Jan Olof Waldner at table tennis.
David’s family is also descended from a rather junior lineage of the Swedish noble family Lagercrantz hence a part of the renownedSwedish house of nobility.
Lagercrantz has expressed his upper – class background as fairly problematic and major cause of antagonism especially in literary and journalistic circles dominated mainly by radical left authors in the 1980s Sweden. Interesting thing is, personally, he maintained a leftist political view. What’s more, he withdrew from intellectual debate and all culture pages sphere all through his career as a journalist.
As a Journalist
David studied religion and philosophy while attending the school of journalism in Gothenburg. Unfortunately for him, upon completion of his studies he applied for several jobs without any success. He finally made a small breakthrough when he landed a job with Expressen, a national daily paper as an editor for major crime stories. During his tenure at Expressen, he covered a high profiled major crime story in the cemetery in northern Swedish town of Amsele in 1988. The same story would later on feature in one of his books “Anglarna I Amsele.
As an Author
David made debut as a professional an author in 1997 with an ultimate high after the publishing of Swedish based adventurer Goran Kropp who made history for climbing Mount Everest without depending in oxygen tanks shortly after one of the most tragic disasters to ever occur on the mountain. The book clearly set the bar for David after it became a huge success both in Sweden as well as abroad as a result allowing David to continue as an author.
Three years after, Ett svenskt geni, a biography of inventor Hakan Lans was published. It was an instant success and has since been reprinted severally besides serving as the main inspiration for the critically acclaimed documentary patent 986. Come 2005, David made his return with a thriller entitled “The sky over Everest”. This was followed by fall of man in Wilmslow. The latter was a historical novel about an English mathematician and renowned computing engineer Alan Turing. As strange as it may sound, this book is often referred to by many as David’s breakthrough in fiction. This is mainly attributed to the fact that the besides being an instant success, the book continues to receive excellent reviews plus it has been sold to several publishers in fifteen countries including Knopf in the united states.
One of the things which makes David stand out from other authors is the fact that he mainly focuses on major talents who have refused to follow convention. Not only is he interested in what it actually takes to stand out from the crowd, he equally pays attention to the resistance which such rare creativity and iconoclasm usually inevitably attracts. I am Zlatan IbrahimovićIt was the best selling sports biography in 2011 written by David in collaboration with the featured Swedish football sensation. This fairly revealing memoir is by far the most successful boo in Sweden in recent times having sold slightly more than 500,000 copies within a period of two months. In fact, reviewers hailed it as a future classic and mater piece.
Since its release, I am Zlatan, has been able to encourage a large percentage of the younger generation to read (something which had not previously been addressed by the publishing market). To David, the release of the book is one of the best things which has happened to him in a long time.
It is equally worth noting that since its release, I am Zlatan has been published in over 30 different languages widely used across the world with millions of copies having been sold in general. Ian Herbert of the independent based in the UK described it as one of the most compelling autobiography football has even known. I am Zlatan was also nominated for the William Hill sports Book of the year award. It was also nominated for the most highly esteemed award for sports writing. In fact, in Sweden, it was by far the first book to be nominated for the prestigious august Prize (a well established literary award named after august Strindberg).
The Girl in the Spider’s Web
Besides being the fourth in the series, the book will be translated into 46 different languages after its simultaneous launch in 27 countries in late august 2015. Since its publication, the book has raced to the top f the best sellers list across the entire globe from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy all the way to France. In addition to this, it has also received positive reviews in high profiled publications such as the Guardian, The wall street journal, the times, Le Monde and the financial times. David also serves as a board member of Swedish PEN, an organization whose main objective is campaigning on the behalf of persecuted writers from across the world. it is equally worth noting that the book in the eye’s of the publisher is a stand alone sequel based entirely on Larsson’s characters though it has not made any use of incomplete manuscripts or notes left behind.
David is also a stern supporter of the well known reading movement (a Swedish association which is focused towards the promotion of a reading culture and access to high quality books for all children as a means of improving their vocabulary as well as educational success).
David is happily married to Dagens Eko radio news manager and journalist Anne Lagercrantz, together they have 3 children. He is also cousin to the left party politician and well established economist Johan Lonnroth.Book Series In Order » Authors » David Lagercrantz