Yes, they call it erotica, and - yes - I am going to use the term outstrips, but still, the fact of the matter is that Fifty Shades Of Grey is now outselling Harry Potter in paperback. And doing it in a shorter period of time. In fact, it is the fastest selling paperback since records started being kept. So, as I bow to JK Rawling, so now I nod my head toward EL James. The more people who read books, the better. Why, I have a sex romp or two myself at the ready.
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'Mummy porn' Fifty Shades Of Grey outstrips Harry Potter to become fastest selling paperback of all time
By PAUL BENTLEY
She describes her books as ‘romantic fantasy’ stories, which offer women a ‘holiday from their husbands’.
And it seems millions are taking EL James at her word – with her explicit novel Fifty Shades of Grey now the fastest selling paperback since records began.
The novel, the first instalment of an X-rated trilogy, has beaten JK Rowling and Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown to the UK record.
Sensation: English mother-of-two Erika Mitchell, 49, wrote the best-selling book under the pen name E L James
At first, most sales of The Fifty Shades series, about a depraved relationship between a young female virgin and her rich older lover, were of the more discreet ebook version.
But, as the trilogy’s popularity has soared, physical book sales have taken off.