Dan Brown Named Britain’s ‘Most Unwanted Author’

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Despite selling more than 80 million copies of The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown  has been named the U.K.’s “most unwanted author.”

Oxfam, Europe’s largest high street retailer of second-hand books and Britain’s third biggest bookseller, has revealed that unwanted copies of Angels & Demons and The Lost Symbol have pushed Brown to the top of its most donated authors list. Apparently keeping old copies of books that explore Opus Dei is no longer in fashion. Other authors cracking the Top 10 are John Grisham (A Time To Kill), Danielle Steele (Family Ties) and J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter). Despite having a large presence on Oxfam’s shelves, Brown only placed 10th on Oxfam’s best-seller list.

The most donated authors to Oxfam:

1. Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code)

2. Ian Rankin (The Complaints)

3. Patricia Cornwell (The Scarpetta Factor)

4. Alexander McCall Smith (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency)

5. John Grisham (A Time To Kill)

6. Danielle Steel (Big Girl)

7. JK Rowling (Harry Potter)

8. Jeremy Clarkson (Driven to Distraction)

9. Maeve Binchy (Minding Frankie)

10. Bill Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything)

Oxfam’s best-seller list:

1. Ian Rankin

2. Stieg Larsson

3. JK Rowling

4. Stephenie Meyer

5. John Grisham

6. Patricia Cornwell

7. James Patterson

8. Terry Pratchett

9. Kate Atkinson

10. Dan Brown