Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James is about to drop her first novel since the blockbuster S&M-light franchise: The Mister, a contemporary romance set in London, Cornwall, and Eastern Europe, will be published worldwide on April 16.
The novel arrives via Vintage Books, the Penguin Random House imprint that launched the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in 2012. The Mister will be published, in the English language, in trade paperback and ebook formats, with simultaneous publication by Penguin Random House Audio.
James’ Grey series has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.
The Mister announcement was made today by Anne Messitte, Publisher of Vintage and Anchor Books, who acquired rights to the book from Valerie Hoskins of Valerie Hoskins Associates in London.
“I’m so excited to finally get this passionate new romance out into the world,” said James. “It’s a Cinderella story for the twenty-first century. Maxim and Alessia have led me on a fascinating journey and I hope that my readers will be swept away by their thrilling and sensual tale, just as I was while writing, and that, like me, they fall in love with them.”
The Maxim and Alessia mentioned by James would be Maxim Trevelyan, a “privileged and aristocratic young Englishman,” and Alessia Demachi, a “mysterious, talented, and beautiful” recent arrival in London “owning little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.”
“E L James is an extraordinary storyteller who invites readers to escape into the intimate world of her characters,” said Messitte. “Readers are going to be surprised and delighted with the romance that James has in store for them. She has hit her stride again, with an erotic love story that’s full of suspense, adventure, and menace – a story that gives us a peek behind the curtain into worlds most of us can only imagine.”
The Mister will be published by Vintage Books in North America and the open market, and simultaneously in the UK and Commonwealth by Penguin Random House UK’s Arrow imprint. Vintage will also publish a Spanish language edition in North America later in the spring of 2019. Foreign rights are sold by ILA London on behalf of Valerie Hoskins Associates.
In announcing the new book today, Vintage noted that the Fifty Shades of Grey films – co-produced by James for Universal Studios – has banked more than $1 billion in global box office.