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Overview: Fifty Shades of Grey

Are you passionate about reading different genres of books? Then without any hesitation pick this one up. "Fifty shades of grey" is the first book of the fifty shades trilogy authored by British author, E.L. James. "Fifty shades Darker" and "Fifty shades of Freed" are the second and the third parts of the series; respectively.

It is an erotic novel which depicts the love between a businessman and a college student. "Fifty shades of grey" being the first book of the trilogy; is packed with endless mysteries and secrets which will urge you to go for the remaining two sequels; in order to get the complete mystery solved. The author vividly describes erotic scenes which include bondage, discipline, dominance, masochism and sadism.


The story begins during an interview session, when literature student Anastasia Steele and Kate Kavanagh go to interview Christian Grey, a young entrepreneur. Ana finds the man to be youthful and passionate. Both Grey and Ana get attracted to each other, but hesitate to talk about their personal lives. Next day, Ana has an encounter with Grey at Clayton, the largest independent hardware store in Portland area. Grey purchases various items which include cable ties, masking tape and a rope. Further, Ana asks Grey for his photographs for the article about him.

Christian leaves the store after giving his contact number to the Ana. Kate forces Ana to call Grey and fixes an appointment for a photo session for the very next day. Next day they meet again where Christian asks Ana out for coffee. The two talk about their personal lives and relationships and it is revealed that both of them are single. The story goes on with a slow and smooth pace for a while, until, one night Ana goes out for some drinks with her friends, where Christian comes to pick her up and takes her to his hotel room where he asks Ana out for making love to him.

Before indulging in any kind of relationship, Grey provides Ana with a couple of contract papers and urges her to sign the papers and only then indulge in any physical relationship. Ana's mother arrives just after their sexual encounter and is surprised by the meeting, as in her opinion Grey was a homosexual, as she never saw Grey around any female. But then, there is a lot more!

About author

E L James is the author of "Fifty Shades Trilogy", a TV executive, a wife and a mother of two children, staying in West London. The author's style of writing is magnificent, bold and unique.

Book Details

The "Fifty Shades trilogy" has sold over 90 million copies across the globe and has won National book awards in the U.K. Without a good read of the first book of the trilogy, reading of the sequel is not a good idea. This book was published by RHUK publishers, in 2012 and is available in kindle as well as paperback versions. Grab it, it is a bestseller!

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Product Details
Language English
Publication Date April 12, 2012
Publisher RHUK
Contributor(s) E L James
Binding Paperback
Edition 2012
Page Count 560
ISBN 10 0099579936
ISBN 13 9780099579939
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 400 grams
Product Dimensions 13 cm x 3.3 cm x 19.8 cm

Editorial Reviews


A GoodReads Choice Awards Finalist for Best Romance

"In a class by itself." --"Entertainment Weekly"

Book Description


Soon to be a major movie starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.

From the Back Cover

Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, this is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever.

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.

Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view …

About the Author

E.L. James, also known as Erika Leonard, is a British author and former television executive. Time magazine named her in their list of the world's 100 most influential people in 2012. E.L. James was born Erika Mitchell in 1963. She studied in the University of Kent, after which she began working at the National Film and Television School as a studio manager's assistant. She has been named the 2012 Publishing Person of the Year by Publishers Weekly.

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I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair—it just won’t behave, and damn Katherine Kavanagh for being ill and subjecting me to this ordeal. I should be studying for my final exams, which are next week, yet here I am trying to brush my hair into submission. I must not sleep with it wet. I must not sleep with it wet. Reciting this mantra several times, I attempt, once more, to bring it under control with the brush. I roll my eyes in exasperation and gaze at the pale, brown-haired girl with blue eyes too big for her face staring back at me, and give up. My only option is to restrain my wayward hair in a ponytail and hope that I look semi-presentable.

Kate is my roommate, and she has chosen today of all days to succumb to the flu. Therefore, she cannot attend the interview she’d arranged to do, with some mega-industrialist tycoon I’ve never heard of, for the student newspaper. So I have been volunteered. I have final exams to cram for and one essay to finish, and I’m supposed to be working this afternoon, but no—today I have to drive 165 miles to downtown Seattle in order to meet the enigmatic CEO of Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc. As an exceptional entrepreneur and major benefactor of our university, his time is extraordinarily precious—much more precious than mine—but he has granted Kate an interview. A real coup, she tells me. Damn her extracurricular activities.

Kate is huddled on the couch in the living room.

“Ana, I’m sorry. It took me nine months to get this interview. It will take another six to reschedule, and we’ll both have graduated by then. As the editor, I can’t blow this off. Please,” Kate begs me in her rasping, sore throat voice. How does she do it? Even ill she looks gamine and gorgeous, strawberry blond hair in place and green eyes bright, although now red rimmed and runny. I ignore my pang of unwelcome sympathy.

“Of course I’ll go, Kate. You should get back to bed. Would you like some NyQuil or Tylenol?”

“NyQuil, please. Here are the questions and my digital recorder. Just press record here. Make notes, I’ll transcribe it all.”

“I know nothing about him,” I murmur, trying and failing to suppress my rising panic.

“The questions will see you through. Go. It’s a long drive. I don’t want you to be late.”

“Okay, I’m going. Get back to bed. I made you some soup to heat up later.” I stare at her fondly. Only for you, Kate, would I do this.

“I will. Good luck. And thanks, Ana—as usual, you’re my lifesaver.”

Gathering my backpack, I smile wryly at her, then head out the door to the car. I cannot believe I have let Kate talk me into this. But then Kate can talk anyone into anything. She’ll make an exceptional journalist. She’s articulate, strong, persuasive, argumentative, beautiful—and she’s my dearest, dearest friend.

The roads are clear as I set off from Vancouver, Washington, toward Interstate 5. It’s early, and I don’t have to be in Seattle until two this afternoon. Fortunately, Kate has lent me her sporty Mercedes CLK. I’m not sure Wanda, my old VW Beetle, would make the journey in time. Oh, the Merc is a fun drive, and the miles slip away as I hit the pedal to the metal.

My destination is the headquarters of Mr. Grey’s global enterprise. It’s a huge twenty-story office building, all curved glass and steel, an architect’s utilitarian fantasy, with GREY HOUSE written discreetly in steel over the glass front doors. It’s a quarter to two when I arrive, greatly relieved that I’m not late as I walk into the enormous—and frankly intimidating—glass, steel, and white sandstone lobby.

Behind the solid sandstone desk, a very attractive, groomed, blonde young woman smiles pleasantly at me. She’s wearing the sharpest charcoal suit jacket and white shirt I have ever seen. She looks immaculate.

“I’m here to see Mr. Grey. Anastasia Steele for Katherine Kavanagh.”

“Excuse me one moment, Miss Steele.” She arches her eyebrow as I stand self-consciously before her. I’m beginning to wish I’d borrowed one of Kate’s formal blazers rather than worn my navy-blue jacket. I have made an effort and worn my one and only skirt, my sensible brown knee-length boots, and a blue sweater. For me, this is smart. I tuck one of the escaped tendrils of my hair behind my ear as I pretend she doesn’t intimidate me.

“Miss Kavanagh is expected. Please sign in here, Miss Steele. You’ll want the last elevator on the right, press for the twentieth floor.” She smiles kindly at me, amused no doubt, as I sign in.

She hands me a security pass that has “visitor” very firmly stamped on the front. I can’t help my smirk. Surely it’s obvious that I’m just visiting. I don’t fit in here at all. Nothing changes. I inwardly sigh. Thanking her, I walk over to the bank of elevators and past the two security men who are both far more smartly dressed than I am in their well-cut black suits.

The elevator whisks me at terminal velocity to the twentieth floor. The doors slide open, and I’m in another large lobby—again all glass, steel, and white sandstone. I’m confronted by another desk of sandstone and another young blonde woman, this time dressed impeccably in black and white, who rises to greet me.

“Miss Steele, could you wait here, please?” She points to a seated area of white leather chairs.

Behind the leather chairs is a spacious glass-walled meeting room with an equally spacious dark wood table and at least twenty matching chairs around it. Beyond that, there is a floor-to-ceiling window with a view of the Seattle skyline that looks out through the city toward the Sound. It’s a stunning vista, and I’m momentarily paralyzed by the view. Wow.

I sit down, fish the questions from my backpack, and go through them, inwardly cursing Kate for not providing me with a brief biography. I know nothing about this man I’m about to interview. He could be ninety or he could be thirty. The uncertainty is galling, and my nerves resurface, making me fidget. I’ve never been comfortable with one-on-one interviews, preferring the anonymity of a group discussion where I can sit inconspicuously at the back of the room. To be honest, I prefer my own company, reading a classic British novel, curled up in a chair in the campus library. Not sitting twitching nervously in a colossal glass-and-stone edifice.

I roll my eyes at myself. Get a grip, Steele. Judging from the building, which is too clinical and modern, I guess Grey is in his forties: fit, tanned, and fair-haired to match the rest of the personnel.

Another elegant, flawlessly dressed blonde comes out of a large door to the right. What is it with all the immaculate blondes? It’s like Stepford here. Taking a deep breath, I stand up.

“Miss Steele?” the latest blonde asks.

“Yes,” I croak, and clear my throat. “Yes.” There, that sounded more confident.

“Mr. Grey will see you in a moment. May I take your jacket?”

“Oh, please.” I struggle out of the jacket.

“Have you been offered any refreshment?”

“Um—no.” Oh dear, is Blonde Number One in trouble?

Blonde Number Two frowns and eyes the young woman at the desk. “Would you like tea, coffee, water?” she asks, turning her attention back to me.

“A glass of water. Thank you,” I murmur.

“Olivia, please fetch Miss Steele a glass of water.” Her voice is stern. Olivia scoots up and scurries to a door on the other side of the foyer.

“My apologies, Miss Steele, Olivia is our new intern. Please be seated. Mr. Grey will be another five minutes.”

Olivia returns with a glass of iced water.

“Here you go, Miss Steele.”

“Thank you.”

Blonde Number Two marches over to the large desk, her heels clicking and echoing on the sandstone floor. She sits down, and they both continue their work.

Perhaps Mr. Grey insists on all his employees being blonde. I’m wondering idly if that’s legal, when the office door opens and a tall, elegantly dressed, attractive African American man with short dreads exits. I have definitely worn the wrong clothes.

He turns and says through the door, “Golf this week, Grey?”

I don’t hear the reply. He turns, sees me, and smiles, his dark eyes crinkling at the corners. Olivia has jumped up and called the elevator. She seems to excel at jumping from her seat. She’s more nervous than me!

“Good afternoon, ladies,” he says as he departs through the sliding door.

“Mr. Grey will see you now, Miss Steele. Do go through,” Blonde Number Two says. I stand rather shakily, trying to suppress my nerves. Gathering up my backpack, I abandon my glass of water and make my way to the partially open door.

“You don’t need to knock—just go in.” She smiles kindly.

I push open the door and stumble through, tripping over my own feet and falling headfirst into the office.

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  1.  Book review: Fifty Shades of Grey 29 March, 2014 On
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  2.  A fresh burst of sexuality in the name of erotica 14 November, 2013 On
    Prior to this, erotica was hardly a recognized genre in books. E.L.James changed all concepts with Fifty Shades of Grey and the following books in this series. What I really love about the story is the way the characters have been shaped and gradually moulded into very powerful ones. The story is not extraordinary but something you would never find in a usual contemporary work of fiction. Also the way the author has handled sexuality without getting obscene is commendable indeed. There were instances where Anastasia Steele was victimized by Christian Grey for hss guilty pleasures and the way the concept of BDSM has been portrayed here is unusually fresh and brilliant. No wonder they call this entire series mommy porn but it is actually not so. Today, sexuality is on everyone's mind and if someone can handle it without getting vulgar, he deserves mention. So is the case with E.L.James and Fifty Shades of Grey. If someone does not finds it a huge deal reading erotica, this book is definitely worth reading, to understand the changing face of fiction and erotica. It is time to move over the classic Mills and Boons series and give a chance to more refined storytelling, contemporary narratives and unusually fresh romance. Now that people tend to be more liberal than before, they can surely not refrain from reading Fifty Shades of Grey. This book had created a huge hype when launched and I feel that truly there was enough reason for that hype and that this book has been able to live up to that hype.
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  3.  A bit above average!!! 28 November, 2013 On
    Good for some who are looking for a mindless romance. This is book 1 and you will be introduced to the characters but in a good old fashioned way. The only thing that I liked in the book was the way Grey works her way around Anastasia. The erotics is good in the beginning and middle but through the end you will clearly notice that it is getting a bit repetitive. The writer spends a lot many pages around the first few days where he meets her, pursue her and they end up in bed.

    Characters are weak and except the sexual prowess of Mr. Grey and "submissive" nature of Ana you would not find anything out of ordinary in them.

    For me it was an average read.
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  4.  Interesting novel based on sexual life of a couple. 21 January, 2014 On
    When i was start reading the novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E L james i cant stop myself to read this novel until i finished the starting 30 pages.It is a very interesting novel based on seduction and wild sexual life of a couple.The author gives a soulful writing efforts to make this.
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  5.  nice book 8 December, 2013 On
    this book is fantastic to improve that how to maintain relation with others and even to check your self that how u are, go to learn that every yellow thing is not GOLD
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     In love with this book ! 23 November, 2013 On
    Sweet bondage: despite its sadomaochistic theme, Fifty Shades of Grey is engagingly innocent

    Fifty Shades of Grey is the huge erotic breakout novel of the digital download revolution. The idea is that anyone can write on the internet, build their popularity, then get properly published and downloaded on to Kindles and Kobos, so no one has to sit on a train showing the world they're reading about the best ropes for tying a virgin to a chair (natural filament, apparently).

    Originally evolving through online slash/fic (fan-published erotic writing at the creepier end of the internet, where Ron Weasley and Harry discover their true feelings for one another and so forth) between Edward and Bella of Twilight, Fifty Shades of Grey is now a fully realised trilogy, with Christian Grey as the pretty vampire – sorry, dominant – and Anastasia Steele as his feisty yet innocent partner.

    It turns out that Christian Grey isn't a moony vampire at all; he is, in fact, the grey-templed, uber-rich and powerful businessman played by Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. He plays the piano, doesn't like to be touched, loves opera, orders Ana everything from the breakfast menu, makes the rules, doesn't want a relationship, buys her new clothes, stays in a huge suite in a posh hotel and so on.

    More of a Frankenstein's monster than a Dracula, the book is similarly stitched together – the flirtatious emails are straight from Bridget Jones; Christian's apartment is, bizarrely, Frasier Crane's Seattle penthouse, floor-length windows, grand piano and all (I kept expecting Eddie to arrive and do something amusing on the expensive furniture); the glider ride is from The Thomas Crown Affair; and the sex owes a debt to Anne Rice – but the Sleeping Beauty novels rather than the vamps.

    The fact that a middle-aged woman has written it is also often evident. There's a 21-year-old American college student in 2011 who's never used the internet or received an email, and two chapters are given over to a legal contract explaining how all the really naughty stuff – fisting, caning, sleeping with other people, and so on – won't actually be happening.

    To a huge extent, though, this is the novel's charm. Its innocence and freshness are reflected in its heroine, whose litany of "holy crap!" and "holy Moses", once you can get over the Sarah Palinness of it, are rather endearing. The sole "erotic" thing anyone ever does is bite or play with their bottom lip, and Christian, is, frankly, a bit of a nobber in both senses.

    While the idea is that now nobody knows what you are reading on your e-reader you can download anything you like, in fact there is hardly any sex in this book. (Certainly less than in most Alan Hollinghurst novels.) There are pages and pages of obsessing over the relationship and getting drunk and having stuff bought for you, like the worst stereotypes of chick lit, with, very occasionally, a bit of zipless bonking.

    Statistically, you're extremely unlikely to get embarrassed if someone glances at this over your shoulder – while it may be highly titillating to more conservative US audiences, readers of Black Lace, the naughtier Mills & Boon imprints or Shirley Conran will find it puzzlingly tame. More of a problem, practically speaking, is that the heroine has nine orgasms every time Christian walks past her in a strong breeze, which makes her journey to self-discovery vastly less interesting than it might have been.

    But I liked it, and here is why. A woman chose to write it, and did so from the safety of her kitchen table. Nobody had to get naked to pay rent; nobody was forced into anything, Tulisa didn't have to go on YouTube, crying.

    It's readable, and often funny; miles more enjoyable than those miserable "literary" erotic books (if anyone had any fun in The Secret life of Catherine M, I clearly missed it, never mind – heaven forbid – Wetlands). It is jolly, eminently readable and as sweet and safe as BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism) erotica can be without contravening the trade descriptions act. If this is the future of publishing, things could be a lot worse.
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  7. 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
     Hilarious Parody of Fifty Shades of Grey 26 August, 2012 On
    There's a very funny parody called Fifty Shades of Black and Blue (available on Junglee)

    “Hilarious parody!”
    “It had me tingling all over!”
    “I dumped my husband after I read this book – thank you!!!”
    “Black and Blue is the new Grey!”

    Hilarious, erotic and nice, not-so-clean fun, Fifty Shades of Black and Blue is the bestselling parody everyone is talking about.
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