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Latest instalment of Fifty Shades of Grey already on best-seller lists

By Sara Neill

Published 18/06/2015

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson attending the UK premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson attending the UK premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
(Left - right) Sam Taylor-Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and E L James attending the UK premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
Jamelia attending the UK premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
Eddie Boxshall and Denise Van Outen attending the UK premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
Dakota Johnson signs autographs for fans attending the UK premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
Kate Garraway attending the UK premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
(Left - right) Esmee Denters, Steve McCrorie, Lucy O'Bryne and Joe Woolfrod from The Voice UK attending the UK premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
British band Vaults pose for photographers ahead of the UK Premiere of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in central London on February 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
British director Sam Taylor-Johnson (R), British actor Jamie Dornan (2nd R), US actress Dakota Johnson (2nd L) and British author E.L James (L) pose for photographers ahead of the UK Premiere of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in central London on February 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
US actress Dakota Johnson (L) is hugged by British author E.L James (R) ahead of the UK Premiere of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in central London on February 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
A lone protester holds up a placard as talent arrives for the UK Premiere of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in central London on February 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
A lone protester holds up a placard as talent arrives for the UK Premiere of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in central London on February 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
US actress Dakota Johnson poses for photographers ahead of the UK Premiere of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in central London on February 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Dakota Johnson attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Director Sam Taylor-Johnson (L) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson attend the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Director Sam Taylor-Johnson, actors Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and author E.L. James attend the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Esmee Denters, Steve McCrorie, Lucy O'Bryne and Joe Woolfrod from The Voice UK attend the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Sadie Frost attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Kate Garraway attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Ashley Roberts attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Author E. L. James attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Vaults attend the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Dakota Johnson attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Dakota Johnson attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Maria Menounos attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Director Sam Taylor-Johnson (L) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson attend the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan attend the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Lizzie Cundy attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Jamelia attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
A protester holds a placard as people arrive to watch the film "Fifty Shades of Grey" on its opening day in Los Angeles on February 12, 2015. "Fifty Shades of Grey", the long-anticipated movie version of the bestselling erotic novel, began its worldwide rollout opening in theatres across France, Germany, Belgium and Serbia, days ahead of its key target territory the United States. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Women pose for photos in front of a poster advertising the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" on its opening day in Los Angeles on February 12, 2015. The long-anticipated movie version of the bestselling erotic novel began its worldwide rollout opening in theatres across France, Germany, Belgium and Serbia, days ahead of its key target territory the United States. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Fifty Shades Of Grey fans who rushed to get their hands on the latest erotic novel in the series have already made it a best-seller.

Grey is EL James' newest creation, and it tells the racy love story from title character Christian Grey's point of view.

It's not clear if Northern Ireland actor Jamie Dornan, who starred in the first three tales in the series as Grey - as well as a serial killer in The Fall TV series - will appear in the latest sado-masochistic spin-off.

It went on pre-sale at the start of June, when the author revealed she was set to pen another of the housewives' favourites.

Readers who eagerly ordered the latest book in advance found it available to download from the stroke of midnight.

The new book will be in shops today, but is already among Amazon's eBook best-sellers.

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It made headlines last week ahead of its publication when it was reported that a finished draft had been stolen.

Its author is in New York on publication day as part of an international publicity campaign for the book, which is already a guaranteed best-seller.

The trilogy - Fifty Shades Of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed, has sold more than 125 million copies worldwide.

The fantasy novels, which were swiftly signed up to appear on the big screen, have brought James massive wealth.

The Sunday Times Rich List estimated she is now worth around £75m.

It also brought global success to Holywood actor Dornan, who shot to worldwide fame in the adaptation of the first novel.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey. Photo: Focus Features
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey. Photo: Focus Features
Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey. Photo: Focus Features
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey
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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey. Photo: Focus Features
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The actor and his co-star Dakota Johnson, who appeared as Anastasia Steele, are signed up for the next movie in the trilogy, but there is no word as to whether they will appear in the latest incarnation in the series.

EL James claims she wrote Grey in response to demands from fans, and on the opening page she says it is "dedicated to those readers who asked... and asked... and asked... and asked for this".

Grey also attracted the attention of the police, over those claims that a copy of the unpublished novel had been stolen.

Detectives say there is no evidence a crime was committed.

A spokeswoman for Kent Police said: "Following a report that one book had been stolen after packaging was found to be damaged, there is no evidence at this stage to suggest that an offence has been committed.

"No more action will be taken unless further information is received."

A spokeswoman for publisher Penguin Randomhouse said: "We are delighted that the book's theft does not appear to have been for any malicious intent or financial gain.

"We can however confirm that we will continue our investigations into this matter and that we will be reporting any findings to Kent police.

"We're hugely excited to be publishing Grey by EL James."

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