Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code will be abridged to appeal to young adults


Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code is set to be adapted for young adults.

The author said he hopes the abridged version of the novel will spark a "thrill of discovery" among younger readers.

The Da Vinci Code has sold 82 million copies worldwide since its publication in 2003, and was made into a film starring Tom Hanks.

Dan Brown, author of the Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown, author of the Da Vinci Code (Petr David Josek/AP)

The novel has 592 pages, but in its adapted form it will be cut down to 432 pages, according to the book's Amazon page.

Aimed at ages 13 and up and with a brand new cover design, it will introduce younger readers to the fictional professor and symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptographer Sophie Neveu - who attempt to unravel an ancient code and uncover a global conspiracy.

Dan said: "My parents were educators, and so it's no surprise that I have a fascination with history and research.

"In fact, if I weren't an author, I'm sure I would be a teacher myself. It is my sincere hope that this adaptation of The Da Vinci Code sparks in young adults the same thrill of discovery that I feel while exploring hidden history and the mysteries of the world we live in."

Tom Hanks at a photocall for The Da Vinci Code in 2006
Tom Hanks at a photocall for The Da Vinci Code in 2006 (Laurent Emmanuel/AP)

The young adult edition will be released in the UK on September 8 and in the US on September 13.

Penguin Random House Children's UK publishing director Shannon Cullen said: "The Da Vinci Code is a thrilling, page-turning adventure that we know older teenagers are already reading.

"We're pleased that our abridged edition is going to enable more young adults to enjoy Dan Brown's international best-seller, which is packed with fascinating historical content and a clever code-breaking mystery."