It was revealed this week that Fifty Shades of Grey has become the best-selling book ever in Britain. The book, which has had a major effect on adult retailers’ sales due to its ‘showcasing’ of a number of BDSM products and practices, has now sold more than 5.3m copies – which is more than The Highway Code.
Author EL James said in a statement: “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 is the first part of a trilogy and the subsequent instalments – Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed – have also been tearing up the sales charts, selling 3.6m and 3.2m respectively.