Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

By E. L. James

Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780345803481, 514pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2012


When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana's quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey's secrets and explores her own dark desires.
This book is intended for mature audiences.

About the Author
EL James, ancienne productrice de television, mariee et mere de deux enfants, vit a Londres. Depuis sa plus tendre enfance, elle revait d ecrire des recits dont les lecteurs tomberaient amoureux, mais avait mis ces reves entre parentheses pour se consacrer a sa famille et a sa carriere. Elle a enfin trouve le courage de prendre sa plume pour rediger son premier roman, "Cinquante nuances de Grey". Elle est egalement l auteur de "Cinquante nuances plus sombres" et de "Cinquante nuances plus claires".

Praise For Fifty Shades of Grey

A GoodReads Choice Awards Finalist for Best Romance

"In a class by itself." 
Entertainment Weekly

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin explores the literary and linguistic phenomenon given life by the romantic novel Fifty Shades of Grey with book critic Ron Charles of The Washington Post. Hardly a day goes by without some reporter or commentator describing very different circumstances through the lens of "fifty shades" of something, and Charles explains why. More at

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

What happens when two books with similar names are out at the same time? Well, when one is historical fiction set in Lithuania and the other an S&M novel that's ripping up the best-sellers list, some interesting teachable moments. More at

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