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E.L. James announces publication of new ‘Fifty Shades’ novel

Author E.L. James at the UK premiere of the film ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ in London in February.
Author E.L. James at the UK premiere of the film ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ in London in February. Invision for Universal Pictures

Christian Grey will finally get his say.

E.L. James announced on social media Monday that a fourth volume of her insanely popular Fifty Shades of Grey series will be released on June 18 (Mr. Grey’s birthday — remember this, or you may be punished).

This time, though, the story will be told not through the eyes of naive Anastasia Steele but Mr. Grey himself. Hence the simple title: Grey.

“Christian is a complex character,” James said in her statement, “and readers have always been fascinated by his desires and motivations, and his troubled past. Also, as anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story.”

The Fifty Shades trilogy — Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed — has reached worldwide sales of more than 125 million copies in 52 languages, making it one of the most successful publications in publishing history. Grey will be published in original trade paperback format and as an eBook by Vintage Books, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House. Audio and Spanish language editions will also be available.

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