Cornerstone 'delighted' by E L James reveal

Cornerstone 'delighted' by E L James reveal

Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James has released an excerpt of a new book that, like Grey (Arrow), takes on another of her novels from billionaire Christian Grey's perspective.

The two pages of sample material posted by the author on Facebook are from the next instalment, said to be slated for 2017 - although UK publisher Cornerstone said it had no further details to give yet, while being "as delighted as E L James' readers are to hear this news".

The new book is a follow-up to Grey that will mirror the plot from 2012 novel Fifty Shades Darker (Arrow). It begins with a wounded Christian Grey trying to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, but she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. 

The reveal was "in honour" of fictional character Anastasia Steele's 27th birthday, also on 10th September, according to James, who posted: "I know you're anxiously awaiting the trailer, and that's happening... soon. In the meantime, in honour of Ana's birthday, there's this".

The extract shows an internal dialogue of Christian Grey while he waits in impatiently for Ana outside her new place of work in his car.

The film adaptation of Fifty Shades Darker is due for release on 10th February 2017. Cornerstone has released a 15-second teaser trailer and a brand new one-sheet. The film is directed by James Foley ("House of Cards") and produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside author James. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James. Cornerstone will be publishing the tie-in edition to the film, as it did for the first film. 

Despite some mixed reviews, the adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Dakota Johnson, was Universal's highest grossing R-rated film ever and its 12th biggest worldwide box office champion, according to Forbes, after bringing in $500m worldwide.

According to Nielsen BookScan statistics, Fifty Shades of Grey is the bestselling book in the UK since records began in 1998, with 4.7m copies sold and nearly 8% of the entire UK population owns a print copy. It also holds the record for the most consecutive weeks at number one, with 18 in the summer of 2012—only toppled by the final book of the trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, which went on to be number one for a further four weeks. As a result, the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, is the bestselling book ever to never hit the top spot (at 3.3m copies sold).

However, though Fifty Shades Freed has sold 1.66m copies more than the biggest selling Harry Potter book (Order of the Phoenix), in fifth place of all-time bestsellers, it has brought in £12.2m less due to its low £4.62 average selling price. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, in second place, also beats it in value by £1.08m.

Grey, released last year, has shifted 1.09m copies, selling 385,972 copies in its first week on sale. It was by far the biggest-selling book of 2015.