Latest Brown comes to town

CASSEY Robertson has had 300 copies of Dan Brown's latest novel at her fingertips since last Friday.

But despite being employed by Angus and Robertson in Rockhampton, Cassey was forced to wait until 9am yesterday to buy her copy.

The hotly-anticipated novel, The Lost Symbol, was kept under tighter wraps than its storyline following fictional character Robert Langdon.

Yesterday's release was Brown's first since The Da Vinci Code, which became a blockbuster movie.

After paying for her copy, Cassey helped unpack 25 boxes between the two Angus and Robertson stores in Rockhampton.

“There has been massive hype,” she said.

“We got in over 300 books on Friday but because this was a massive worldwide release we couldn't put it on our shelves until nine o'clock.”

She said there were warning signs covering the boxes threatening huge fines if they were opened before September 15.

The assistant manager at the south side store said readers lined up at 9am for their copy and more people visited the store at lunch time to buy the book.

The Australian paperback edition of The Da Vinci Code spent more than a year on the best-seller list.

After its global success, Brown's earlier novels have all become international hits.

TOP BOOKS Most popular books borrowed from Rockhampton libraries this year:

  1. At Risk by Patricia Cornwell (borrowed 147 times)
  2. 7th Heaven by James Patterson (138)
  3. Run For Your Life by James Patterson (128)
  4. Cross Country by James Patterson (122)
  5. Double Cross by James Patterson (121)
  6. The Appeal by John Grisham (115)
  7. Sail by James Patterson (115)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (112)
  9. The Quickie by James Patterson (110)
  10. You've Been Warned by James Patterson (106)


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