The bestselling author says that the book, to be called Grey, will be out on June 18 — fictional character Christian Grey’s birthday — and will be written from his point of view. It will allow readers the chance to get inside the head of the S&M-loving businessman, not to mention give James and her publishers Vintage Books an opportunity make a shedload more money from recycling the same events to the series’ enthusiastic fans. Penguin Random House UK also will release the book in the UK on June 18.
“Christian is a complex character,” E.L. James says, “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. It’s been a great pleasure to return to my happy place — writing, being with Christian and Ana in their universe, and working with the fantastic team at Vintage.”
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group president Tony Chirico says that despite “the secrecy and immediacy of the publication,” the company has “worked hard to ensure that the book will be well represented in the retail marketplace.” Knopf Doubleday imprint Vintage Books will release the trade paperback, and eBook. There’ll also be audio and Spanish-language editions.
The publisher, a division of Penguin Random House, says it has sold more than 125 million copies of the original trilogy Fifty Shades Of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. That makes it “one of the most successful publications in the history of book publishing,” it says.