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Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol breaks records

The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown

Story by Jack Foley

DAN Brown’s follow-up to The Da Vinci Code lived up to its “keenly-anticipated” tag by setting an opening day of release record.

The Lost Symbol sold more copies in its first 36 hours of UK release than any other adult hardback novel, according to publishers, who said that 300,000 flew off the shelves in that time period.

The book went on world-wide sale on Tuesday and was lapped up by fans keen to experience more religious intrigue as only Brown knows how to deliver.

Set in Washington DC, it once again features Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks in the movies) as he probes the secret world of the Freemasons.

Combined sales in the US, Canada and the UK had already topped 1 million, with records tumbling in the US.

Sonny Mehta, editor in chief of US publisher Knopf Doubleday told the BBC: “We are seeing historic, record-breaking sales across all types of our accounts in North America for The Lost Symbol.”

Both online retailer Amazon and booksellers Barnes & Noble also claimed record one-day sales for a work of adult fiction.

Crucially, however, The Lost Symbol fell short of the sales figures posted by JK Rowling’s Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, which sold more than 8 million copies on its first day in the US alone.

Nevertheless, publishers and book retailers are hailing the release of the book as a success, which has gone way to halting the decline in book sales caused by the global climate over the past year.

The Lost Symbol is Brown’s first book since 2003’s The Da Vinci Code, which has sold 81 million copies globally.