Saturday 17 March 2018

Prisoners enjoy a great escape thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey

50 Shades of Grey by EL James
50 Shades of Grey by EL James

Gordon Deegan

INMATES are escaping the daily drudgery of prison life by sampling the steamy international bestseller 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'

The Irish Prisons Service confirmed that it had purchased 12 copies of the EL James novel for prisoners across the prison system in the past 12 months.

The 'Fifty Shades' series, focusing on the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and a young business magnate Christian Grey, has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide.

Britain's Charlie Hunnam and US actress Dakota Johnson have landed the coveted lead roles in the big screen version.

A Freedom of Information response from the Prison Service is unable to state how popular the novel is with inmates, as its libraries do not record which books are most in demand. The response stated: "Most libraries are run by prison inmates using paper or manual booking systems."

It comes against the background of radical cuts to the budgets of prison libraries in the past number of years. Records released through FOI show that the library service for the nine prisons in Dublin has seen a 72pc reduction over the past five years – going from €90,000 to €25,000 in 2012.

Irish Independent

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