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article image‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy tops Amazon-UK all-time bestseller list

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 14, 2013 in Entertainment
Amazon-UK’s combined “physical” and Kindle bestselling books list sees E. L. James’s three “Fifty Shades” novels take the top three positions.
The first book in the trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey, which was published in 2011, is in top position, and is followed by its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, both of which were published in 2012.
Positions 3, 4 and 5 are taken up by the three books of Stieg Larson’s Millennium Trilogy, again in the order that they were published. Book 7 of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is placed at number 10.
The Amazon-UK Top Ten books are as follows:
1. Fifty Shades of Grey – EL James
2. Fifty Shades Darker – EL James
3. Fifty Shades Freed – EL James
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1) – Stieg Larsson
5. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2) – Stieg Larsson
6. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium Trilogy Book 3) – Stieg Larsson
7. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
8. Life Of Pi – Yann Martel
9. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) – J. K. Rowling
The list was compiled to mark the company's 15-year anniversary.
As reported in the Huffington Post, Darren Hardy – Books Manager, Amazon.co.uk Ltd – said “Of all the millions of books customers have purchased in the past 15 years, it’s fascinating to see which have proved most popular with the British public. Sales of Kindle books have been hugely influential in determining these rankings, with E. L. James’s sales on Kindle for the Fifty Shades Trilogy cementing her place as our most successful author ever.”
According to the BBC, the Fifty Shades trilogy earned James approximately $95m (£61.5m) in 2012 alone.
Filming of Fifty Shades of Grey, a movie to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) was due to start in November. However, at the weekend, it was revealed that one of its leads, Charlie Hunnam – who was to have played Christian Grey – had withdrawn from the project.
With producers in the process of recasting the part, bookmakers have placed Matt Bomer 6/1 favourite to land the role.
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