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Mankell will document his battle with the disease for a newspaper column

Invisible ink: No 115 - Per Wahloo

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?

Yelena Isinbayeva celebrates her winning vault in Stockholm last month

Isinbayeva back in form and bullish for Istanbul

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.

Easy Money, By Jens Lapidus

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.

Bleasdale falls short in Stockholm

For the second time in two weeks, Holly Bleasdale was forced to play second fiddle to the queen of the pole vault, Yelena Isinbayeva.

Peter Skyllberg’s car was covered in snow 2ft deep before a group of snow mobilers discovered it

Man found alive after two months in frozen car

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.

Peter Skyllberg’s car was covered in snow 2ft deep before a group of snow mobilers discovered it

How did a man buried in this frozen car for two months come out of it alive?

Astonishing tale of survival from Sweden as 44-year-old endures temperature of -30C with only ice to sustain him

Margareta Pagano: Take a leaf out of Birgitte's book on quotas, Mr C

More women on UK boards can only boost profits

PM told to adopt Swedish tax breaks for parents

Cameron endorses help to pay cleaners – and rise in pension age

Number of Afghans seeking asylum soars

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.

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Books Of The Year

Cell 8, By Roslund & Hellström

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.

Lindh's killer faked mental illness

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.

BP raises the stakes in Russian battle

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.

Noren holds nerve to clinch third title

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.

The Big Six: Swedish summer retreats

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