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The Girl on the Train shatters sales records

Paula Hawkins’ novel The Girl on the Train has broken UK sales records this week, claiming its 20th consecutive week atop the hardback fiction bestseller lists. It overtakes Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, which stayed at number one for 19 weeks following its release in September 2009, to become the longest reigning bestseller since Nielsen BookScan began monitoring sales in 2001. Not only has it stayed at the top of the hardback chart for longer than any other title, it is second only to Brown’s The Da Vinci Code – which stayed at number one in the paperback chart for a jaw-dropping 65 weeks – in most weeks held at the top of any book chart.

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Dan Brown announces latest results of book-writing algorithm

In news that has Oxfam shops the country over bracing themselves for impact, Doubleday has revealed details of the sixth novel by Dan Brown. Due for publication on May 14, Brown’s Inferno sees the return of his Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol protagonist, symbologist and fan of sensible yet casual trousers Robert Langdon. This time, Langdon will apparently be ‘drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces’, namely Deception Point Dante’s Inferno. Also, there will probably be Illuminati, Freemasons and/or Opus Dei. What a twist!

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