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E.L James, author of 50 Shades, will release a new book in 2019


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E.L. James, the author behind the bestselling 50 Shades of Grey series, and the woman responsible for the introduction of erotic fiction into the mainstream market, has announced that she has written a new book, which will be published this April.

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The announcement comes 8 years after the release of the first instalment of the 50 Shades series, however fans of Anastasia and Mr. Grey shouldn’t get too excited yet. Publishers have confirmed that yes, the book will be erotic, but have stressed that it does not belong to any previous series, and is a completely new story, portraying completely new characters.  

The new novel, titled The Mister, is a contemporary romance novel set primarily in London, Cornwall and Eastern Europe. Like 50 Shades of Grey, the new book follows two main characters and their romantic journey. The Mister will tell the story of Alessia Demachi, a beautiful woman who has recently arrived in London, and Maxim Trevelyan, a privileged young aristocrat. 

The similarities end there though. Where 50 Shades followed Anastasia, a naïve college graduate, in The Mister, Alessia is a talented, mysterious woman hiding a dangerous and troublesome past. E.L James promises that the story is a “Cinderella story for the 21st century”

Though the exact details of the story-line have been kept largely under wraps, Selina Walker, the author’s UK editor teased to The Bookseller that the romance novel “touches upon subjects and themes that are all too relevant in today’s world”. 

The Mister is James’s first novel outside of the 50 Shades series, which broke sales records for contemporary adult publishing, sold over 12.7 million books worldwide, and catapulted erotica into the mainstream market, paving the way for a huge number of 50-shades imitations.  

Whether The Mister will live up to the expectations of the millions of 50 Shades fanatics is up for debate, but the wait to find out is a short one. The new book is set to be published worldwide on 16th April 2019 and will be available in paperback, e-book and audio format. You can pre-order the book on Amazon, here.

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