Brown hints at more Langdon novels

Bestselling author Dan Brown has told fans he knows "exactly what [he] is writing next", and that he has a locations in mind that "fall into Robert Langdon territory"—though he stopped short of confirming his next book will also feature his famous professor of symbology.

Speaking at his first ever UK event, held with Waterstones at the Freemasons' Hall in central London last night (21st May), Brown said: "I love writing the Langdon books. I get to travel . . .When I write again, there are a number of places I'd like to visit that fall into Robert Langdon territory, and we'll just have to see what happens." He said he needed "a
nap" between the publication of Inferno and starting work on his next project, adding: "I know exactly what I'm writing next, and I guess we'll just have to see how long it takes."

In the bulk of his talk, Brown cautioned that "in the coming years, we will all face profound decisions about emerging technology and what it means to be human", drawing particular attention to the issue of overpopulation, a central theme of Inferno. He also discussed his upbringing as the son of a devoted Christian mother and maths teacher father, and the influence of both science and religion on his life and writings.

Asked how he feels about the spin-off books sparked by his titles, sometimes spoofing them, Brown said: "I feel terrific about them. I write to stimulate dialogue. I think it's terrific that there are other books being written about these topics. The more people we have reading these books the better."

Although fans attending the event were excited to see the author, around a quarter of seats at the Freemasons' Hall, which has a capacity of 1,500, remained unfilled. Brown was not scheduled to sign books for fans on the night.

First week sales for Inferno in the UK, released from Nielsen BookScan yesterday (21st) show it is one of the fastest-selling books since official sales records began, selling 228,961 copies at UK booksellers in its first five days.