Wednesday 25 April 2018

Newest 'Fifty Shades' book is Eason's third best seller of year... after a week

Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the film version of the book
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the film version of the book

Shane O'Riordan

Bookseller Eason has revealed that 'Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey' has become their third highest-selling book this year in under one week.

Over one million copies of the latest instalment in the famous erotic fiction series - as told by the male lead Christian Grey - have been sold globally, with more than 8,000 sold here.

"It's no mean feat when you consider the huge success of titles such as 'The Girl on the Train', 'American Sniper' and the books from the various YouTube vloggers," said a spokeswoman for Eason.

"It has outsold its nearest rival by almost four to one in its first week, so the appetite for the sequel in Ireland is most definitely there."

Nielesen, a leading global information and measurement company, has revealed that 8,164 copies of the book have been sold in the Republic, which is worth €75,693.80.

Overall, the 'Fifty Shades' series has sold 440,000 copies here.

Books in the series have been frequently met with poor critical receptions, but readers continue to defy what the critics say.

"They were the first books of their kind to be discussed so openly around the water cooler, and I think people were very intrigued to see what the fuss was all about," the spokeswoman continued.

"In 2012, they were the books that everybody had to read, and that everybody wanted to talk about."

The sales figures were released just a week after the bookseller revealed that pre-orders for the latest instalment in the series saw record levels.

The book sold 240pc more copies than the next highest pre-ordered book ever for the bookseller.

Meanwhile, the first 'Fifty Shades of Grey' film looks set to notch up another record and become the fastest selling DVD of the year so far in Britain, shifting 379,000 copies after three days, according to the UK's Official Charts Company.

Irish Independent

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