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Fifty Shades of Grey surpasses one million sales record

  • E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey has become the fastest adult paperback novel to sell one million print copies.

    The first in the erotic trilogy passed the million mark in 11 weeks, smashing the previous record of 36 weeks set by Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

    Sequels Fifty Shades Darker sold 245,801 and Fifty Shades Freed sold 212,832 across last week.

    Fifty Shades of Grey is currently the 32nd bestselling book since records began in 1998.

    JK Rowling holds the single week record across all genres, with the last three hardbacks in the Harry Potter series reaching weekly sales highs of 1.8 million and 1.4 million for the final two books respectively.