Dan Brown was told that stories about affairs would BOOST book sales

Da Vinci Code writer Dan Brown was told that stories about him having affairs would BOOST his book sales… because public thought he was ‘most boring guy in the world’

  • Dan Brown’s publisher told him stories about affairs would boost his book sales
  • The Da Vinci Code author divorced his wife of 21 years, Blythe Newlon, last year
  • She has since sued him, accusing him of having a string of affairs 

Published: 20:28 EDT, 27 September 2020 | Updated: 20:43 EDT, 27 September 2020

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The bestselling author Dan Brown’s publisher told him that stories about him having extra-marital affairs would boost his book sales rather than harm them.

Mr Brown, who wrote literary hit The Da Vinci Code, divorced his wife of 21 years, Blythe Newlon, last year and she has since sued him, accusing him of having a string of affairs.

In an interview in The Sunday Times magazine, Mr Brown (pictured) said: ‘I called my publisher and said, I’m so sorry, I hope this doesn’t impact sales.

Dan Brown (right), who wrote literary hit The Da Vinci Code, divorced his wife of 21 years, Blythe Newlon (left), last year and she has since sued him, accusing him of having a string of affairs Dan Brown (right), who wrote literary hit The Da Vinci Code, divorced his wife of 21 years, Blythe Newlon (left), last year and she has since sued him, accusing him of having a string of affairs

Dan Brown (right), who wrote literary hit The Da Vinci Code, divorced his wife of 21 years, Blythe Newlon (left), last year and she has since sued him, accusing him of having a string of affairs

‘He said: “Are you kidding? Everyone thinks you’re the most boring guy in the world… multiple affairs with beautiful women, finally there’s a story!”’

On his divorce. Mr Brown added: ‘When we separated she received half of everything and more money on top.

‘Towards the end of our marriage, when we were each looking for comfort in other places, I met someone. She’s hurt. I get it, and I’ve apologised. But it’s not enough.’ 

The 56-year-old author, who lives in the US, added that critics in the UK ‘just hate what I do’. 

Dan Brown’s 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide. 

It was turned into a film in 2006, starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Ian McKellen. 

Mr Brown, who wrote literary hit The Da Vinci Code, was told stories about him having extra-marital affairs would boost his book sales rather than harm them Mr Brown, who wrote literary hit The Da Vinci Code, was told stories about him having extra-marital affairs would boost his book sales rather than harm them

Mr Brown, who wrote literary hit The Da Vinci Code, was told stories about him having extra-marital affairs would boost his book sales rather than harm them

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