'Da Vinci Code' sequel sells a copy a second

'The Lost Symbol', Dan Brown’s long-awaited follow-up to 'The Da Vinci Code', sold more than one copy every second in its first five days of release, the publishers said today.

'The Lost Symbol', Dan Brown’s long-awaited follow-up to 'The Da Vinci Code', sold more than one copy every second in its first five days of release, the publishers said today.

The conspiracy thriller moved 550,946 copies in the UK alone between last Tuesday and Saturday, according to official data from Nielsen BookScan, comfortably beating the previous record for sales of an adult hardback novel, held by Thomas Harris’s 'Hannibal', which has sold 299,000 editions since it was published in 1999.

Sales have been buoyed by retailers slashing the book’s cover price to just over half the recommended retail price.

Despite its early success, the book has a long way to go to match the astonishing success of 'The Da Vinci Code', which has sold 81 million copies around the world.

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