QUERCUS LIFTED BY LARSSON AFTERGLOW

PUBLISHER Quercus said yesterday it had managed to attract some big name book deals after the phenomenal success of its Stieg Larsson hit The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Quercus recorded sales of £12m in the first six months of 2011. Pre-tax profit rose to £3.4m, up marginally on 2010’s £3.3m. Chief executive Mark Smith said deals had been done for an Eddie Izzard book as well as a project with rapper 50 Cent.