Deal­ing with the crit­ics

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Brown may be one of the best-sell­ing au­thors of all time – pub­lished in 52 lan­guages with 200 mil­lion copies – but that hasn’t stopped some crit­ics giv­ing scathing re­views of In­ferno.

“I see head­lines and I get a sense of what the re­views are,” he says, sigh­ing. “This book has re­ceived mixed re­views. It’s odd. The book is sell­ing so well it’s break­ing records. I write the book I want to read. A lot of fans share my taste but some crit­ics ap­par­ently don’t.

“You wish ev­ery­body loved what you do, but they don’t. Univer­sal ac­cep­tance is not a re­al­is­tic goal and there’s not much I can do about it, so you just have to let it roll off your back and go and meet your fans.”

In­deed, In­ferno was al­ready a best-seller be­fore it was pub­lished, thanks to pre-sales on Ama­zon. Yet Brown never for­gets that his first

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