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With Harry Potter gone, 2009’s book world is all about Dan Brown and his recently-announced sequel to The Da Vinci Code, which will be released in September under the bafflingly (or rather, calculatedly) bland title The Lost Symbol. As I mentioned recently on this blog, just 500 top authors last year generated around a third of Britain’s £1.8bn book sales—a new record for top-heavy sales—and Brown’s latest may tip the scales still further towards the few, backed by cross-media marketing…

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