Quercus Publishing plc
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October 10, 2008 12:04 ET

Statement re International Author of The Year Award

                                                                                 10th October 2008
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                        Quercus Publishing Plc ("Quercus" or "the Company")
                                                 
                          Author of the Girl with Dragon Tattoo wins the
                              International Author of The Year Award
                                                And
                                       The Boeke Prize 2008

Quercus Publishing Plc, the Plus-quoted Publishing company, is delighted to announce that Stieg Larsson, 
the author of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' has won the International Author of the Year Award at
the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards and the prestigious, South African award, The Boeke Prize 2008.

The  ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards, which were held at star-studded ceremony last Friday at Grosvenor
House Hotel, focuses on the best of British and international crime thriller  novels, films and TV
series. The Crime Thriller Awards are the culmination of a seven week Crime Thriller Awards Season
on ITV3.

The Boeke Prize, awarded by South Africa's leading book retailer, Exclusive Books, was presented on
Tuesday at  the  opening  ceremony  of the 48th Exclusive Books store in South Africa.   The  Boeke  
Prize promotes  the  enjoyment  of  discovering "the ultimate page turner".  Previous  winners  include:
Atonement by Ian McEwan; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, and The
Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Set in Sweden, 'The Girl With Dragon Tattoo', is the first title of Larsson's 'Millennium Trilogy' and
focuses on a complex financial fraud and a powerful family secret.  It was published in the UK  in
January this year by Quercus, and has been a publishing phenomenon with over 6 million copies sold
across Europe.

In January 2009, Quercus will publish the second book in the trilogy, 'The Girl Who Played With Fire',
supported with the Company's biggest marketing campaign to date.
Mark Smith, Chief Executive of Quercus, commented:

"Quercus are extremely grateful to Stieg Larsson for writing not just one Book of the Year, but three 
superb books. Readers worldwide are eagerly awaiting the publication of the next instalment, and we  
look forward  to  publishing two phenomenal books over the next two years.  Given the success  of  'The
Girl  with Dragon Tattoo, we anticipate significant sales following the publication of the  second
instalment."
The Directors of Quercus Publishing Plc accept responsibility for this announcement.

Enquiries to:

QUERCUS PUBLISHING PLC                               Tel: 020 7291 7200
Mark Smith, Chief Executive
REDLEAF COMMUNICATIONS                               Tel: 020 7822 0200
Sanna Sumner
ST HELEN'S CAPITAL PLC                               Tel: 020 7628 5582
Barry Hocken / Duncan Vasey

 Notes to Editors:

§        Quercus  Publishing  plc is an independent publisher based in  London.  The  Company  was
founded by Mark Smith and Wayne Davies in May 2004.
§       The Company was listed on PLUS market in October 2006

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