Dante's Inferno inspires Dan Brown's latest novel


Not many authors can claim their books are bestsellers before they are even printed - but Dan Brown's eager fans pre-ordered so many copies of his latest thriller Inferno that it has become an instant chart topper.

However, the author told BBC Breakfast that his books get better reviews outside of the UK.

His new book - which sees the return of Harvard hero Robert Langdon - borrows its title from Dante's Inferno, an account of the Italian poet's imagined journey through hell.

Dan Brown said he had read many different translations of the Inferno and had some unpleasant dreams: "It is a terrifying landscape that Dante paints".

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.