New Fifty Shades book due this month

New Fifty Shades book due this month

E L James is to release a new version of Fifty Shades of Grey – told from the point of view of Christian Grey.

Titled Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian, the book will be published on June 18th – the same day as the fictional character’s birthday.

The author announced the news to fans on social media, sharing the book's jacket on Instagram, with more details announced on her blog.

James said: “Christian is a complex character and readers have always been fascinated by his desires and motivations, and his troubled past. Also, as anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story.”

Selina Walker, Arrow publisher and E L James’ UK editor, said: “Fifty Shades of Grey is a love story that has captivated a readership like no other book. I was absolutely thrilled when we heard that Erika wanted to write Christian’s side of the story. Grey is just as addictive as the trilogy, and I know that this is what the fans have been waiting for.

Susan Sandon, m.d. of Cornerstone, said: “Planning for publication on June 18th in all our territories has been challenging - but what a fabulous challenge to have. Thanks to superb teamwork and meticulous planning, I know that fans around the world will be able to help mark Christian's birthday by reading his side of the story.”

The three Fifty Shades of Grey books have sold a total of 11,213,227 copies through Nielsen BookScan in the UK to date, for a total value of £50,163,582.38.

The book will be published in the UK as a paperback original and as an e-book by Arrow, an imprint of Cornerstone. The US will publish simultaneously.