BOOK NEWS: E L James Announces New Book

11330545_764415793657178_268538240_nJune 2 2015 – London – On social media late last night bestselling author E L James announced that she will shortly release a new version of her worldwide bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey — this time written from Christian Grey’s point of view. The new book, titled Grey, will be published on June 18th –a date that devotees may remember as Christian’s birthday.

Since the publication of Fifty Shades of Grey in 2011, thousands of readers have written to James requesting Christian’s point of view. On the opening page of Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told By Christian, James writes, “This book is dedicated to those readers who asked…and asked… and asked… and asked for this.” In the new work, she will offer her fans the opportunity to see the world of Fifty Shades anew through the eyes of its intriguing and enigmatic protagonist.

“Christian is a complex character,” said James, “and readers have always been fascinated by his desires and motivations, and his troubled past. Also, as anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story. It’s been a great pleasure to return to my happy place – writing, being with Christian and Ana in their universe, and working with the fantastic publishing teams in the US andthe UK.”

Readers know Christian as someone who exercises control in all aspects of his life. His world is neat, disciplined and empty – until the moment that Anastasia Steele stumbles into his office. What is it about her that captivates him? Why can’t he forget her? He is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey is a love story that has captivated a readership like no other book’ says Selina Walker, Arrow publisher and E L James’ UK editor. ‘I was absolutely thrilled when we heard that Erika wanted to write Christian’s side of the story. Grey is just as addictive as the trilogy, and I know that thisis what the fans have been waiting for.’

‘Planning for publication on June 18th in all our territories has been challenging – but what a fabulous challenge to have! Thanks to superb teamwork and meticulous planning, I know that fans around the world will be able to help mark Christian’s birthday by reading his side of the story.’ says Susan Sandon, Managing Director of Cornerstone.

The Fifty Shades trilogy – Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed – has reached worldwide sales of more than 125 million copies, and become one of the most successful publications in the history of book publishing. Like the earlier books in James’s trilogy, Grey will be published in paperback original format and as an ebook by Arrow Books, an imprint of Cornerstone Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House.

GREY will be published simultaneously by Penguin Random House US on June 18th.

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Bad Sex Award 2012 – Rowling and James on the outer

She smells of almonds, like a plump Bakewell pudding; and he is the spoon, the whipped cream, the helpless dollop of warm custard (The Yips by Nicola Barker)

The two authors heavily tipped to take this year’s most coveted and dreaded literary prize have failed to make the shortlist. Neither J.K. Rowling, for her first adult novel, nor EL James for her Fifty Shades trilogy, will be adding the bad sex trophy to their mantelpieces.

Jonathan Beckman, senior editor at the Literary Review, which organises the annual award, said nominations had poured in for Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. However, after ardent discussions about the book, the judges concluded she failed to meet the criteria. Despite “a couple of queasy moments”, as Beckman termed it, her writing is not nearly bad enough.

The other notable absentee is James’ Fifty Shades trilogy, the books which brought mummy-porn out of the e-readers and on to the best-seller shelves in every high street bookshop.

The full shortlist is: Tom Wolf nominated for the second time for Back to Blood, The Yips by Nicholas Baker, The Adventuress by Nicholas Coleridge, Infrared by Nancy Huston, Rare Earth by Paul Mason, Noughties by Ben Masters, The Quiddity of Will Self by Sam Mills – a particularly worthy nomination, since Self’s own fiction has been shortlisted on three occasions– and The Divine Comedy by Craig Raine. Coleridge and Raine are also repeat offenders.

The winner will be announced at a lavish ceremony in London next month – and it is considered a badge of courage for the authors to attend to receive it in person.

50 Shades of Spam

For the last month I have spent the first moments of each online day deleting 50 shades of spam.

As part of being a Boomerang blogger, I keep an eye on book news. I’m signed up to a lot of publishers and author’s websites and newsletters, and get lots of information on new book releases. Normally I quite like browsing what will soon be out but recently it feels like unless I’m into badly-written smut, I’m out of luck.

I used to enjoy checking my email in the morning but . I can’t be the only person worn down by receiving calls to awaken my kinky side when I haven’t even awakened a putting-on-pants side? Who wants to contemplate tying someone up with a clothes-line when you haven’t even had coffee yet? If I tried it, pre-caffeination, I’d be more likely to peg tomorrow’s work shirt to them and accidentally leave them tied up, trussed and covered in clean laundry, when I sprint out the door late to work 5 mins later.

I may not want to read it, but no ones told the various publishers that. There’s an increasing level of desperation to tie completely unrelated books to the theme. A cookbook that involves a few allusions to food as plaything or aphrodisiac is “like 50 Shades of Grey …but with saucy recipes!” A political memoir that – very briefly – catalogues an love affair is “like 50 Shades of Grey …but set in the halls of power!

Publishers everywhere must be warning would-be autobiographers to get their kink on before they write up their story. “Well, yes, Sir Attenborough, the nature stuff and broadcasting history is all very interesting, but what we really want to know is have you ever used your tent’s guide rope for… other purposes?” You can only imagine their disappointment when they discovered his most recent release, Drawn from Paradise, is actually about the birds and not some variety of lewd art.

Sometimes, in the urge to tie their own book to the phenomena that is 50 Shades, the message in the email gets somewhat …confusing. Another book with slightly better writing and actual plot is described as “50 Shades of Grey for grown-ups” – because the original 50 Shades was clearly meant to be kid’s book. Go on, buy it for your nieces and nephews this silly season and see if you ever get invited back for Christmas dinner ever again.

It’s 50 Shades of… delete. Delete, delete and delete some more. If I want to read erotica with a BDSM theme, I’ll pick something slightly better written, thanks. (I’ve had the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey recommended, as well as Tobsha Learner and Anais Nin, and do feel free to recommend your own favourite in the comments if you think I am missing some.)

It’s not like this is the first time this has happened. The last few years have been, variously, the 50 Shades of Harry Potter, 50 Shades of Da Vinci and The Secret and Jodi Picoult, and, of course, 50 Shades of fecking Twilight. I think the thing that annoys me so much is I thought we were were finally over Twilight and now it’s snuck back on again with the names changed.

Look, I understand it’s popular. I don’t understand why it is so popular but as it’s apparently the bestselling Australian book since records began it’s a safe bet that EL James isn’t crying herself to sleep at night over my opinion.

But if my distaste isn’t ruining her nights, oh how I wish her ebook would stop putting me right off my breakfast. Here’s to the next big thing – may it be released soon and please, please, don’t let it be more Twilight fan-fiction or I think I may be off to buy some clothesline and pegs so I can string a few people up.





Fifty Shades of Grey now the bestselling Australian book of all time

Random House Australia today announced that E L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey has sold well in excess of 1.28 million copies in physical* and ebook combined in Australia, making it the bestselling Australian book since records began. The first book in the trilogy remains in the No.1 slot for the 16th week running and overall sales have overtaken The Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling. The second and third books, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, continue to sell strongly, with Australian sales of 779 000 and 705 000 copies respectively.  Combined Australian sales for the trilogy are in excess of 2.7 million copies.

Commenting on the new record, EL 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 amazing and I couldn’t be more pleased that so many people are reading the books and would like to thank everyone involved.”

Brett Osmond, Director of Marketing and Publicity said “Australians have enjoyed reading Fifty Shades of Grey so much they have now made it the biggest selling book in our history. As an avid reader I know that feeling when you discover a book you love and you want to tell everyone about, which Australians have done in their thousands. What’s exciting for readers is it doesn’t have to end here as books two and three are available to keep the story alive.”

*According to Nielsen BookScan Australia Panel which began in 2003

More facts:

  • Foreign rights have been sold in 44 territories and the trilogy will be published in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic (Morocco), Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese complex, Chinese simplified, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Mongolia, Montenegrin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese – 5 million copies of translated editions are now in print
  • In the US and Canada sales of the trilogy are well in excess of 20 million copies
  • Global English language sales for the trilogy approach 40 million copies
  • Film rights to the books are held by Universal Features and Focus Features
  • E L James is a former TV executive, wife, and mother of two based in West London. Fifty Shades of Grey is her first novel.

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Fifty Shades a replacement for the Bible?

Wayne Bartholomew, manager of Damson Dene Hotel, Crosthwaite, has upped the eternal damnation ante considerably by replacing the Gideon Bibles in his rooms with copies of Fifty Shades of Grey as reported in the Westmorland Gazette.

“I thought it would be a special treat for our guests to find it in their bedside cabinet and that includes the men too,” Bartholomew said. “They are as desperate to get their hands on a copy as the women…. The Gideon Bible is full of references to sex and violence, although it’s written using more formal language, so James’s book is easier to read.”

Rev. Michael Woodcock, the local vicar, commented: “It is a great shame that Bibles have been removed from rooms and very inappropriate to have been replaced by an explicit erotic novel. The Bible remains a source of comfort and inspiration that many people do find helpful.”

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