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Fifty Shades Freed as Told by Christian by E L James Debuts at #1


FREED: Fifty Shades Freed as Told by Christian by E L James Debuts at #1 Across All Major U.S. Bestseller Lists!

FREED: Fifty Shades Freed as Told by Christian, by global bestselling author E L James, hit #1 on bestseller charts across the United States in its first week. FREED, the latest chapter in the most beloved adult fiction series of all time, has taken “top of list” at The New York Times (#1 in trade paperback fiction and #1 in combined print/eBook fiction), #1 USA Today, Wall Street Journal (#1 fiction, #1 fiction eBooks) and #1 Apple Books. The author also is #1 in the U.K., her home country, on this week’s Sunday Times bestseller list.

The New York Times recently reported that E L James wrote FREED “for those hard-core fans who want it.” Those readers came out in droves, making the novel an instant bestseller. James relates, “I’m thrilled with the response to FREED. Christian’s side of the story in Grey and Darker struck a chord with fans and they nagged me for years to write the last book in his point of view. I’m delighted that they’re still enthralled by Christian and Ana’s story.”

Dominique Raccah, CEO and Publisher of Sourcebooks, North America’s largest woman owned independent publisher, says, “Just three months after our newest imprint, Bloom Books, announced it would be publishing FREED by E L James as its debut publication, we’re celebrating the novel’s instant #1 bestseller success across the country. This is truly an amazing result for Sourcebooks. Watching the response of Erika’s many fans to her books and these stories has been one of the most extraordinary experiences of my publishing life.”

Upon announcement of FREED, the latest installment of the “Fifty Shades as Told by Christian” trilogy, sales of previous titles in the series soared as readers rushed to catch up on or revisit the series in anticipation of Ana and Christian’s wedding, an event they’ve been waiting almost a decade to read.

E L James says, “This success is a testimony to everyone’s hard work, creativity, and enthusiasm. Sourcebooks have been enormous fun to work with and I’m looking forward to more adventures with them.”

Molly Waxman, Executive Director of Marketing at Sourcebooks, says, “And this is just the start! We have plans to reach new readers and extend FREED’s success all summer long. This will be the ultimate beach read and book club selection for 2021.”

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