Da Vinci code author 'tops Oxfam donation list'
His new novel is tipped to set new global sales records - but Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's works are revealed today as the books most likely to be offloaded to second-hand shops.
Brown has been named the "most donated" author in a survey of the nation's Oxfam shops as people discard his bestsellers.
But there is some comfort for both the charity and the author, whose much-anticipated book The Lost Symbol is released next month. He is also the second most sought-after writer at Oxfam shops.
Topping the best-seller list at the 700 branches is Ian Rankin, known for his hugely popular Inspector Rebus series.
Rankin is also the third most donated author. He said: "It's always good for an author to know that their books are popular. With Oxfam, it's also heartening to realise that each book donated and bought is helping such a worthwhile organisation."
The publishing world is currently gearing up for a sales frenzy with the release of Brown's fifth novel on September 15. An e-book version will be released simultaneously and the book has an initial English language print run of 6.5 million copies globally.
The Da Vinci Code has the distinction of being the biggest selling paperback of all time in the UK, and Brown has sold more than 11.7 million copies of his books since he was first published in 2003.
Oxfam says that due to its nationwide book festival, Bookfest, donations to the charity's shop network have risen by 40%.
Some donations have also proved highly lucrative recently. A first edition of JRR Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings sold for £800, while a rare print of the sheet music to Don Giovanni raised £750.
* The most donated authors to Oxfam shops are:
1. Dan Brown
2. John Grisham
3. Ian Rankin
4. Danielle Steel
5. Helen Fielding
6. Stephen King
7. JK Rowling
8. Catherine Cookson
9. Patricia Cornwell
10. Mills & Boon
* The Oxfam shop bestseller list is:
1. Ian Rankin
2. Dan Brown
3. Bernard Cornwell
4. Stephenie Meyer
5. Terry Pratchett
6. Khaled Hosseini
7. Helen Fielding
8. Margaret Attwood
9. James Patterson
10. Jodi Picoult
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
ReviewThese heroes in a half shell should have been left in hibernation
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Salisbury ranked seventh-best city in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015
- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 3 Banksy has not been arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Disney announces new female-led film Moana
Eight seconds of white noise is top of the Canadian iTunes chart because people love Taylor Swift that much
Fury, film review: Brad Pitt is intriguing as unsympathetic war hero
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - TV review: Sensitive, silly and sensational
Peep Show series 9: Final season to air on Channel 4 in 2015
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella