Fifty Shades of Grey flies off shelves

Karen Conway, Tina King, Jane Corrigan, Nikki Whittle, Jules Osmany, Jodie Newman, Liz Howe, Rachael Linnett and Janine Smith
Karen Conway, Tina King, Jane Corrigan, Nikki Whittle, Jules Osmany, Jodie Newman, Liz Howe, Rachael Linnett and Janine Smith

It’s the trilogy that’s topped best-selling book lists worldwide.

And the Fifty Shades of Grey series is just as popular in Northamptonshire as it is around the globe.

The first in the trilogy of risqué novels has become the fastest selling paperback of all time and has sold more than a million copies in the UK in just 11 weeks since its release.

It has also sold more than a million copies on the Kindle.

Now, readers in Northamptonshire are also clamouring to get their hands on a copy.

There are 48 people on the library service’s waiting list to borrow just eight copies of Fifty Shades of Grey, although more are now on order.

Corby library assistant supervisor Julie Beaton said: “We have no copies here as they are all reserved and they go out immediately to whoever is next on the waiting list. People have been asking about it.”

The books by British author E L James were originally based on the exploits of characters in Twilight. They were pulished online as ‘fan-fiction’ but word of mouth ensured their popularity spread. They were eventually picked up by a major publisher and went on sale in April.

Manager of Waterstones, in Market Street, Kettering, Emma Hall said: “We’ve sold about 300 copies and every time we get a delivery it sells out in a couple of days. We are definitely getting people coming in who we have never seen before. It seems to be encouraging a new audience to read.”

Read the review by the Bodecia Book Club