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EL James's Grey whips fans into frenzy with UK record

By Robert Dex

Published 24/06/2015

Northern Ireland actor Jamie Dornan
Northern Ireland actor Jamie Dornan

The latest instalment in Fifty Shades author EL James's sadomasochistic saga has thrashed UK book sales records, selling more than 647,000 copies in just three days.

The new book, called Grey, is a retelling of the first novel in the hit series about an affair between mysterious tycoon Christian Grey and lover Anastasia Steele, this time from the point of view of its title character.

Co Down hunk Jamie Dornan played Grey and Dakota Johnson his lover in the hugely successful film version of the story.

Figures released by publisher Arrow Books show sales of 385,972 physical copies and 261,429 ebooks - a total of 647,401 - giving the biggest first week sales for an adult book.

The previous UK record-holder was Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, which sold just under 551,000 copies in five days.

Grey has also been a huge hit in the US, where it has sold more than a million copies since last Thursday.

Belfast Telegraph

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