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E.L. James has released her new novel, Grey, that re-tells the events of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of its antagonist, Christian Grey.

The new book could make the author even richer as stores scramble to order enough copies for fans.

Based on “unprecedented” pre-order figures, it is thought the book could achieve a similar level of success to the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, with more than 20 million copies sold worldwide.Grey released on Christian Grey birthday

Tom Tivnan, features and insight editor of The Bookseller, told The Guardian: “Fifty Shades of Grey is the biggest-selling book in Britain since records began, so even if the new book can manage only 20 per cent of what that sold, she will still sell almost a million copies.

“So, this is a huge, huge deal for Penguin Random House. I think we can comfortably say it will be the biggest book of the year, no problem.”

There are a number of scenes in the first book which fans are begging to be told by Christian’ Greys perspective, including his first meeting with Anastasia Steele and the night he randomly turned up at a night club to save her after she drunk dialed him.

Grey has been released on Christian Grey’s official birthday.


The manuscript of E.L. James’s upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey novel, Grey, has been stolen from publisher Random House ahead of its publication.

Police has launched an investigation after the publisher discovered a copy of Grey had gone missing on June 8.

It is feared thieves may leak the novel, or sell extracts to the media.

Grey, which re-tells the first installment of the hit trilogy from billionaire Christian Grey’s point of view, is due to be released next week.Grey by EL James stolen

Random House and solicitors for the publisher would not give any other information about the missing book.

A publisher’s spokesman said: “We have no comment to make due to an ongoing police investigation.”

A spokesman for Kent Police said: “Officers are making inquiries after receiving a report that a book had been stolen on June 8.”

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has sold more than 125 million copies worldwide since the first book’s release in 2011.

When announcing the release of Grey last week, E.L. James said she wrote the new book after “thousands of readers” had written to her requesting to hear Christian Grey’s point of view.

Grey will be published on June 18 – Christian Grey’s birthday.