Mankell will document his battle with the disease for a newspaper column
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Sunday 18 March 2012
It often takes around 20 years for a forgotten author to be rediscovered. With the Scandinavian crime boom still rolling on, it's good to see attention returning to the first Stieg Larsson. Per Wahloo was a Swedish crime writer born in 1926 who worked as a journalist and editor of a left-wing literary magazine before turning to unusual thrillers. Sound familiar?
Thursday 08 March 2012
The pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva and hurdler Liu Xiang are enjoying a return to form in Olympic year and head into this week's World Indoor Championships as favourites for their events but less familiar names are in contention for the sprints.
Wednesday 29 February 2012
If you're having withdrawal symptoms after Henning Mankell wrote finis to the chronicles of Kurt Wallander, remember that it's possible to take alternative journeys down the mean streets of Swedish cities. If you're hardy enough to tackle crime narratives drenched in vitriol, grit your teeth and tackle Jens Lapidus's lacerating Stockholm Noir trilogy: Easy Money is the first volume. Lapidus paints a more cosmopolitan canvas than other writers – not to mention employing a far grimmer and more nihilistic use of the genre, with nary a comforting Swedish copper in sight.
Friday 24 February 2012
For the second time in two weeks, Holly Bleasdale was forced to play second fiddle to the queen of the pole vault, Yelena Isinbayeva.
Monday 20 February 2012
Swedish doctors were calling it the "case of a lifetime" yesterday after an emaciated and near-speechless 44-year-old man was dragged from an icebound car, claiming he had been snowed up inside for two months.
Monday 20 February 2012
Astonishing tale of survival from Sweden as 44-year-old endures temperature of -30C with only ice to sustain him
Sunday 12 February 2012
Friday 10 February 2012
Monday 23 January 2012
More Afghans fled the country and sought asylum abroad in 2011 than in any other year since the start of the decade-long war, suggesting that many are looking for their own exit strategy as Nato troops prepare to withdraw.
Sunday 11 December 2011
Books Of The Year
Wednesday 09 November 2011
If you are punchdrunk from the waves of Scandinavian crime fiction pouring on to the market, there are at least certain names which stand out like those poles that mark out the roads in Swedish snowfalls. They include the Roslund & Hellström duo, whose caustic thriller Three Seconds detonated last year. But R&H produce is not to be read if you crave soothing, escapist fare.
Tuesday 30 August 2011
The man who killed the Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in 2003 told a newspaper that he faked mental illness during his trial to try to get a lighter sentence.
Wednesday 10 August 2011
The tussle between BP and its partners in TNK-BP took yet another twist yesterday as the oil giant filed a case accusing the Renova Group of breaching the Russian joint venture's shareholder agreement.
Monday 25 July 2011
Sweden's Alexander Noren cruised to his third European Tour title despite a closing round of 77 in Stockholm. Noren took an 11-shot lead into the final day of the Nordea Masters at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club after a course-record 63 on Saturday. And the 29-year-old was never in serious danger of letting such a commanding advantage slip.
Saturday 16 July 2011
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
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