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  • Board book: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Century; 1st edition (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780891261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780891262
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 4.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8,825 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The cream of the crop." (Independent)

"Not only reviving the book market, but also reader’s marriages." (Daily Mail)

"Revolutionised the genre of erotic fiction." (Observer)

"One of the publishing sensations of the year." (Stylist)

"A social-media literary phenomenon." (Observer) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A beautiful hardback edition of the first book in the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy

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6,457 of 6,738 people found the following review helpful By Lazycatfish on 24 Jun. 2012
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Oh My, I mean really, Oh my, oh my, oh my......No readers, I have not just been whipped (pardon the pun) into a bosom heaving wreck by the size of my partner's "impressive length". I have in fact, just dragged myself through to the final page of this ludicrous nonsense and found myself almost speechless. Almost...

The main character, Christian Grey, is quite obviously deranged. This does not however, deter Ana, who for some inexplicable reason, has spent so long with her head in a book that she has never looked in a mirror and noticed that she is a "total babe". A "total babe" who also happens to be a 21 year old virgin. No, Ana, in the space of 3 weeks, falls so crazily in love with "Mr Grey" that she manages to bypass the whole deranged thing and instead concentrates all her efforts on a) going from virgin to porn star faster than Hussain Bolt off the blocks and b) deciding whether to let him hit her with stuff. As you do.

As for Mr Grey, obviously, readers can't be allowed to see him as simply a deranged, manipulative psycho so let's give him smouldering good looks, a few zillion quid to throw around and hey, and this is the clincher, the ability to love art and music (y'know, like Nazi's do in the war films). (Note - the bit where he plays the "haunting" piano piece, semi naked, with his eyes closed actually made me laugh so much that I almost wet myself - in a non-orgasmic way. Check it out....enjoy! ). As if that wasn't enough he also has a personal and financial interest in saving the world from famine. Just that old world peace and cancer to sort out and then hey, job's a good `un. I mean really, how did the world ever shamble along without him? So what made this beautiful, charismatic and talented man so brutal? Could it be a traumatic childhood perhaps?
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1,322 of 1,394 people found the following review helpful By SisterJane on 6 July 2012
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"So" he asks, looking at me with his grey eyes "what did you think of the book?"
I bite my lower lip, looking at his beautiful face.
"well?" he asks. I roll my eyes and blush and have an earth shatttering orgasm as I see his trousers hanging in.... That way. My inner goddess faceplants.
"oh my" I say.
We bonk for a few minutes.
He points his long finger at me. "you haven't answered me yet."
Holy crap I mutter.
He spanks me, I have an orgasm which makes me shatter into a thousand pieces then burst into tears.
Him and his twitchy palms. Ooh and his white linen shirt.
He tweaks my nipple. I orgasm again. From virgin to sex kitten in less time then it takes most people to clean the fridge. Not bad!!!
We have earth shattering sex AGAIN.
And again

Repeat until authors pen runs out.
The end.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Elise on 7 July 2012
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Can I give this zero stars? If it's not possible then 1 will have to suffice.

I had heard so much about 50 Shades that I just had to see what all the fuss was about. Please can I have my money back? If I had a paperback copy rather than Kindle, I would have torn the pages out and burned it in protest. The worst thing about the book is the fact that I can't turn back time and un-buy the book so as not to contribute to it's entirely mind-boggling and undeserved popularity.

First of all, I am not an avid reader. I like an easy read as I tend to struggle with books at times and in addition, although I'm always ashamed to admit it, I did very much enjoy the Twilight books. Don't get me wrong I'm not a complete moron, I adore Bronte and am getting through a few Anne Rice classics at the moment HOWEVER even I can agree that FSoG is so badly written I had to Google the author to find out how old she was - it read like a 15 year old's diary with extra "spice" added so I had guessed she would be maybe 18/19 and possibly pretty inexperienced in both writing and life in general. She's 48. Shame on you.

Secondly, I mentioned to my husband several times last week that the story seemed so familiar. I told him "it reads like Twilight but without the vampires and far less entertaining" I also found that the main Character Christian Grey was a lot like Edward "stay away from me Ana, I'm not good for you" bla, bla, bla, even saving her at one point from being run over by, was it a cyclist?? - I can't quite recall now.

After Googling E L James it all fell into place.
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1,971 of 2,083 people found the following review helpful By jelly 1960 on 20 April 2012
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I downloaded this one morning whilst listening to BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and hearing E.L James being interviewed.

I'll confess: I did read it from end to end, and I must also confess that my Trollope took a backseat for a couple of days. But when I'd finished 50 SoG, it was a relief to go back to some proper literature, feeling saddened, cheapened, almost used, by having read it. Make no mistake: 50 Shades of Grey is utter rubbish!

The central theme is that a rather naive college student, Ana, is swept off her feet after a chance encounter with a fabulously wealthy business man, Christian Grey CEO. (He's ok though because his company sends aid to Darfur.) Not only is he immensely rich, but he has the looks to match - of which we are constantly reminded. He has "two penetrating gray eyes". Yes, that'll be both of them, and they combine to give him a "penetrating gaze"; he has "beautifully chiseled lips" and a square jaw. This together with the way his gray sweat pants hang off his hips "in that way", leave the poor girl wobbly at the knees.

His penis of course is equally magnificent. Indeed it scarcely ever appears without her being bowled over by its "impressive length". His erection (permanent, it appears) is "impressive". And of course he only has to enter her for her to have an an orgasm that causes her body to "convulse and shatter into a thousand pieces". Next time she "shatters again into tiny fragments", before "her traitorous body explodes in an intense body-shattering orgasm". She wonders will her body withstand "another earth-shattering moment". At least he is polite enough to comment in a moment of untypical post-coital congeniality, "You're shattered, aren't you?".
And so it goes on.
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