Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

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By (author) E. L. James

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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 34mm | 372g
  • Publication date: 29 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099579936
  • ISBN 13: 9780099579939
  • Sales rank: 19

Product description

Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, `Fifty Shades of Grey` is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever. 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. But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view...

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Author information

E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

Customer reviews

By Kristen Robinson 16 May 2013 5

These are AMAZING book, love the way that the book is written, and the story line is very intense. The trilogy is very addicting.

By Naquita Smith 06 Apr 2013 5

I LOVED the Fifty Shades Trilogy. Very ADDICTIVE series. :D

By Carnie 05 Mar 2013 1

Ha ha ha I just have to laugh at the writing in this trilogy. Simple? Yes, Funny? Yes, Terrible? Yes. I think the book is definitely aimed at people who read for lots of fun rather than people who read all the time and analyse writing. I think most people I know HATED the character of Anna and felt as though she pushed women;s liberation back into the dark ages. Must admit my girlfriends and I had a lot of laughs googling the red room of pain tools at book club.

By WENDY LEAR 11 Dec 2012 1

I find it so unfortunate that Vintage has sunk so low as to publish this.... Sigh! I will never get those hours of my life back reading this abomination. (Thank God I made the decision to only read the dialogue to get through it faster, although it didn't help, it was still boring.)

By Marianne Vincent 21 Oct 2012 3

Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book in the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James. When 21-year-old college student Anastasia Steele interviews enigmatic CEO of Grey Enterprises Holdings Inc., Christian Grey, she does it as a favour for her unwell roommate. She's not expecting such a young (27 year-old) attractive man. Grey is apparently attracted to Ana as well. Ana is sexually inexperienced and he warns her off because he is, by his own admission, "fifty shades of f***ed up", but ends up propositioning her anyway, to become his Submissive. This novel , set over about four weeks, is frustratingly slow moving: if 500 pages = 50 shades of Grey, then it takes 8 shades to get to the first kiss, and a full 25 shades before Ana agrees to sign the Dominant/Submissive contract (although she never actually does). 30 shades to reach a spanking. I found myself thinking, just get on with it, will you! Throughout, there is rather too much of the blushing and breathlessness and ohhh he's so hot. Ana and her subconscious and her inner goddess spend much of the novel overthinking, overanalysing every word and look. And I sometimes found Ana to be either very na�?????????????�????????????�???????????�??????????�?????????�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¯ve or incredibly stupid: did she really think that her experience in the Red Room of Pain, a room filled with implements designed for punishment, was NOT going to be painful? There is some humour and plenty of sex. Literature it certainly is not. Soft porn ? Probably. Romance, erotica, yes. Apart from Ana, the characters are rather two-dimensional: after 500+ pages we still don't know why Christian Grey is like this. Although Ana's mother, Carla, does have some sound advice about the complexity of men. Will I invest the time to read another thousand pages of this? Not sure......

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"The cream of the crop." Independent "Not only reviving the book market, but also reader's marriages." Daily Mail "Revolutionised the genre of erotic fiction." Observer "One of the publishing sensations of the year." Stylist "A social-media literary phenomenon." Observer