Da Vinci has helped Holy Blood sell 40,000 extra copies

<p>Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has helped its alleged literary antecedent The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail sell an additional 40,000 copies in the two years since Brown's bestseller was published in the UK, according to figures from Nielsen Bookscan.</p><p>Two of the The Holy Blood three authors--Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh-- this week set about suing Da Vinci publisher Random House, claiming that Brown has stolen the "central theme" and the "achitectural edifice of ideas" at the heart of their non-fiction work. Amazon said that sales of The Holy Blood increased by 3,500% in 24 ho...

This is subscriber-only content

Not a subscriber? Get unrestricted access to all the news, charts, previews, data & analysis by subscribing from as little as £3 per week.

Why Subscribe?

Every issue of The Bookseller magazine

Unlimited access to thebookseller.com (single user)

The Bookseller e-edition app for tablet and mobile

Subscriber-only newsletters

Twice yearly Buyer's Guides worth £50

Discounts on The Bookseller Awards and Conferences

Click here to subscribe now