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three books be­fore Da Vinci were flops, and it’s given him some per­spec­tive. “I worked hard on – and felt very pas­sion­ately about – three books that no­body read.”

That wasn’t the only ca­reer low point he’s had. Born in New Hamp­shire, the son of a maths teacher and or­gan­ist, af­ter leav­ing col­lege and a short spell teach­ing, Brown, a gifted pi­anist, moved to Los An­ge­les in 2001 to try to be­come a singer/song­writer.

“I got a record deal, I sold 12 records – 10 of them were to my mum. The road signs of life were say­ing, ‘Maybe you ought to do some­thing else’.”

While strug­gling with the mu­sic ca­reer, he met mu­sic ex­ec­u­tive Blythe New­ton, 12 years his se­nior, who was to be­come his wife.

“At some point, liv­ing in Hol­ly­wood and strug­gling in the mu­sic in­dus­try I re­alised I didn’t like per­form­ing, I liked be­ing alone and I liked the creative process, but not the per­for­mance as­pect of it. I re­alised that writ­ing nov­els was a bet­ter fit.”

But writ­ing wasn’t an eas­ier op­tion. “I had two teach­ing jobs si­mul­ta­ne­ously with writ­ing my first three books. I’d get up at 4am and I’d write un­til 8am and then I’d go and teach. Then I’d ride my bike 15km and teach some more.

“But all I wanted to do was pay my rent and be creative. So be­cause I had that as a goal, when The Da Vinci Code took off it was mag­i­cal, won­der­ful, ex­cit­ing and a lit­tle scary, like a dream.”

Los­ing some of his pri­vacy has been a small price to pay for be­ing a glob­ally suc­cess­ful nov­el­ist, he re­flects. “We would have peo­ple

(sec­ond from right) will reprise his role as Robert Lang­don in the film adap­ta­tion of In­ferno Brown’s cur­rently work­ing with Sony Pic­tures on the film adap­ta­tion of In­ferno and he hopes TomHanks will star as his hero. “I’m in­volved in the adap­ta­tion process but I’m a nov­el­ist, I don’t know how to make movies. I’m not the kind of per­son who tells Ron Howard [di­rec­tor of The Da Vinci Code and An­gels & Demons] how to make a movie.”

How have the 10 years since Da Vinci been? “The decade has been sur­real,” Brown re­flects, “but the writ­ing process has not changed. I still get up at four in the morn­ing. Writ­ing is hard work. I take it very se­ri­ously. For ev­ery one page you read in In­ferno, I’ve thrown out 10.”

He could eas­ily af­ford to give it all up, but there are many more Lang­don books in his head.

So is Lang­don re­ally Brown? “Lang­don is much more in­ter­est­ing and in­tel­li­gent than I am,” he an­swers, smil­ing. parked out­side the house with cam­eras. We would get hun­dreds of let­ters a day. You have to sud­denly have se­cu­rity and change your phone num­ber ev­ery week.

“And yet, I’m very care­ful not to com­plain too loudly be­cause I have had ex­pe­ri­ence of writ­ing a book – three books, ac­tu­ally – and, not only is there no­body out­side your door with a cam­era, there’s no­body at the pub­lish­ing com­pany who knows they’ve pub­lished your book.

“So I’m very grate­ful about what’s hap­pened to me and my wife and I just fo­cus on what’s so won­der­ful about it.

“The good thing about be­ing a writer is that your book is the celebrity.”

What’s next for Lang­don?

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