Dan Brown is publishing a new Robert Langdon thriller entitled Origin in September 2017 with Transworld.
Little has been given away about the plot of the new novel, but the publisher said it would be "in keeping with [Brown's] trademark style", featuring codes, science, religion, history, art and architecture. Transworld added that it would thrust Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon "into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them".
Origin will be published in the UK 26th September 2017, priced £20, by Transworld imprint Bantam Press. Doubleday will release the novel simultaneously in the US and Canada. It will also be available as an e-book and an audiobook from Penguin Random House Audio.
Brown’s long-term UK editor Bill Scott-Kerr, publisher of Transworld, said: “Over the past 15 years it has been an utter privilege to publish Dan Brown's unique blend of electrifying storytelling, historical reinterpretation and genius code making. The fact that there is to be another instalment in this record-breaking run of books will be hugely exciting to his millions of fans around the world and gives us in the publishing world another extraordinary event to look forward to next year.”
Brown is the author of six number one international bestsellers, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point and Digital Fortress. There are more than 200 million copies of Dan Brown’s books in print worldwide, according to Transworld, and his novels have been translated into 56 languages.
In total, the American author has sold 16 million print books in the UK for £91.7m, according to Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market data, with The Da Vinci Code being his biggest seller with 4.5m copies sold - making it the second bestselling book of all time. His last Robert Langdon title, Inferno (released in 2013), sold 667,518 copies in hardback and 400,231 copies in paperback, with the new movie tie-in of the book reaching the Top 50 this week.
Speaking to book trade journalists in 2014, Brown said he had plenty of ideas for Robert Langdon novels. When asked if he still had 12 books to write in mind as he had previously stated, he said at the time: "That number has probably grown. Every book I write spins off ideas for another three or four so there is no shortage of material for Robert Langdon in this world. Symbols, religion, conspiracy, all of that is a really rich world to explore." He added: "I wish I wrote these books faster, I think a lot of people do, but I don’t. They take an enormous amount of research and for every one page you read in the book I have written 10 that are thrown out so I don’t know how many books I have time to write."
Brown released a "Young Adult" adaptation of The Da Vinci Code on 8th September with Penguin Random House.
He is represented by Heide Lange at Sanford J Greenburger Associates, Inc.