Sunday, December 16, 2012

Meanwhile in the world of books

Literature lovers around the world have released a collective gasp, or perhaps a groan, at the 

news that the publishing phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey has become the bestselling book in 

British history. 

The erotic novel has sold in excess of 5.3m copies in print and ebook. 

More than The Highway Code or Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

EL James's novel – centred around the corruption of a virginal student by her successful, 

helicopter-flying, sadomasochistic boyfriend.

Has already outsold all seven Harry Potter books on Amazon.

Dubbed "mummy porn" by some literary critics, Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book in a 

trilogy which traces the adventures of Anastasia Steele after she meets tycoon Christian Grey.

In a statement James said my main ambition when I signed the deal with Random House was 

to see my books in the shops. 

I simply had no idea they would be so successful and this is totally unexpected. 

The whole process has been both extraordinary and rewarding. 

I couldn't be more pleased with the sales and would like to thank everyone involved.

Fifty Shades of Grey remains in the top slot in the UK bestseller lists for the 16th week running. 

The second and third books, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, are also selling fast, 

with UK sales of 3.6m and 3.2m respectively. 

Combined UK sales for the trilogy are in excess of 12m copies, with rights to the book sold 

around the world and published in languages including Albanian, Chinese, Russian, Serbian 

and Vietnamese.

Susan Sandon, managing director of Cornerstone Publishing, part of Random House, said she 

was privileged to be part of the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon, one of the "most 

extraordinary experiences of her career.

To say critics have not welcomed the book with the same unbridled enthusiasm is an 


In the London Review of Books, Andrew O'Hagan described it as a "multi-million-selling 

contributor to the art of terrible writing about sex". 

He added it's not that Fifty Shades of Grey and EL James's other tie-me-up-tie-me-down 

spankbusters read as if feminism never happened: they read as if women never even got the 


For fans of the book who are bereft at finishing all three titles there is good news.

All three books are due to be filmed as part of a movie deal.
For those who are not simply ignore the whole lot of them!

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