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  • Published: 20 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448149452
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560

Fifty Shades of Grey

The #1 Sunday Times bestseller


Now a major movie starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.


When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.

Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Christian keeps hidden away from public view .

Motion Picture Artwork © 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

  • Published: 20 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448149452
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560

About the author

E L James

E L James is an incurable romantic and a self-confessed fangirl. After twenty-five years of working in television, she decided to pursue a childhood dream and write stories that readers could take to their hearts. The result was the controversial and sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. In 2015, she published the #1 bestseller Grey, the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of Christian Grey, and in 2017, the chart-topping Darker, the second part of the Fifty Shades story from Christian's point of view. She followed with the #1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, The Mister in 2019. Her books have been published in fifty languages and have sold more than 165 million copies worldwide.

E L James has been recognized as one of Time magazine's "Most Influential People in the World" and Publishers Weekly's "Person of the Year." Fifty Shades of Grey stayed on The New York Times bestseller list for 133 consecutive weeks. Fifty Shades Freed won the Goodreads Choice Award (2012), and Fifty Shades of Grey was selected as one of the 100 Great Reads, as voted by readers, in PBS's The Great American Read (2018). Darker was long-listed for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award.

She was a producer on each of the three Fifty Shades movies, which made more than a billion dollars at the box office. The third instalment, Fifty Shades Freed, won the People's Choice Award for Drama in 2018. E L James is blessed with two wonderful sons and lives with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their West Highland terriers in the leafy suburbs of West London.

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Praise for Fifty Shades of Grey

Not only reviving the book market, but also reader's marriages.

Daily Mail

The cream of the crop.


Revolutionised the genre of erotic fiction.


One of the publishing sensations of the year.


A social-media literary phenomenon.


The shocking bestseller we can't stop talking about.

Entertainment Weekly

The biggest selling novel of the moment.

Daily Express

A phenomenon.


Women will undoubtedly be discussing it for years to come.


The huge erotic breakout novel of the digital download revolution.


Women who've read it talk about it with reverence and awe ... a runaway hit ... marks the biggest advancement of the women's sexual revolution in decades.

Fabulouse Magazine

The market-leader.

Evening Standard

A literary sensation.


A word of mouth blockbuster.

Daily Mail

It's the book everyone's talking about.


The book that made women want to have sex again.

Mail on Sunday

The fastest selling book of the year.


The world's bestselling paperback.


One of the year's most talked about books.

Mail Online

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