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E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey voted Book of the Year

27th December 2012

E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey has been voted Book of the Year by the reading public in the National Book Awards.

The novel, credited with popularising the 'mummy porn' genre, was the overall winner of the public vote, which comprised the winners of all ten of the prize's categories.

Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold more than six million copies in the UK, won more than 75 per cent of the public vote; perhaps no surprise given the book’s domination of both the charts and headlines since its release.

James beat other highly acclaimed authors to the overall prize, including Hilary Mantel for her Wolf Hall follow-up Bring up the Bodies, BBC presenter Clare Balding for her autobiography My Animals and Other Family and Is It Just Me? by comedian Miranda Hart.

'Thank you so much for this wonderful award. I am truly honoured. I have to thank the readers and the retailers for making Fifty Shades of Grey the success it has become. It’s really quite overwhelming,' James commented.

The Fifty Shades trilogy, about the sado-masochistic relationship between a college graduate and a young business magnate, is due to be filmed as part of a movie deal.

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