Fifty Shades sequel tops bestseller lists but whips up little enthusiasm

The latest twist in EL James’s erotic saga posts only a quarter of its predecessor’s first-week sales, but still storms to bestseller summit

EL James may have bagged another number one bestseller slot, but the public appetite for Christian Grey’s violent sexual antics appears to be on the slide, with the latest Fifty Shades novel selling 300,000 copies fewer than its predecessor in its first week on sale.

Darker is the second volume in James’s project to retell the story of Grey and Anastasia Steele’s BDSM relationship through the eyes of the millionaire businessman. According to the Bookseller, it sold just over 85,000 copies on publication last week – enough to catapult the novel to the top of the book charts, but only 22% of the 385,972 copies notched up in a week by the retelling’s first volume, Grey, in 2015.

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