STOCKHOLM: Best-selling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, author of the Inspector Wallander novels, said yesterday that he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Writing in Swedish daily Goteborgs Posten Mankell said he received the diagnosis earlier this year and would write about his experiences in the newspaper.

“I have decided to write just as it is,” he said. “But I will do it from the perspective of life, not death.”

Mankell said he had a tumour in his neck and one in his left lung.

“The cancer could also have spread to other parts of my body,” he said.

The 65-year-old, who in addition to dark crime novels has written several books for children, said doctors were performing further examinations before beginning treatment.

Mankell’s books have been translated into 41 languages and sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. – Reuters