max temp: 13°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Raunchy 50 Shades of Grey tops the list of most borrowed books from the county’s libraries

09:46 14 February 2014

Fifty Shades of Grey by British author E L James was the most borrowed book in Suffolk libraries during 2012/13. Pictured is Bury St Edmunds librarian Rachel Porter.

Fifty Shades of Grey by British author E L James was the most borrowed book in Suffolk libraries during 2012/13. Pictured is Bury St Edmunds librarian Rachel Porter.

It shocked the nation when first published – but apparently Suffolk bookworms can’t get enough of it.

Bury St Edmunds librarians, left to right, Lisa Brennan and Rachel Porter.Bury St Edmunds librarians, left to right, Lisa Brennan and Rachel Porter.

Since hitting the shelves in 2011 EL James’ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels have sold tens of millions of copies globally.

And as rumours of a film version gather pace it appears Suffolk readers are still enthralled by the book.

A list of the top ten most borrowed library books in the county has put Fifty Shades at the top of the rankings.

It’s one of only two books to make the national top ten, placing third. The other is The Affair by Lee Child, which heads the overall table but only makes ninth in Suffolk’s charts.

Top 10 books borrowed in Suffolk

1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

2. The Impossible Dead by lan Rankin

3. The Secrets Between Us by Louise Douglas

4. A Walk in the Park by Jill Mansell

5. The Accident by Linwood Barclay

6. Fault Line by Robert Goddard

7. A Wanted Man by Lee Child

8. Private – No 1 Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

9. The Affair by Lee Child

10. No Turning Back by Susan Lewis

Alison Wheeler, general manager of Suffolk Libraries, said: “It’s interesting to see that crime and romance fiction is still flourishing and that Suffolk library users enjoy bestsellers.

“Looking further than the top ten there is still a good sprinkling of literary fiction and Scandinavian writers in the top 100 books.

“The key thing for us is being able to offer people a choice.

“We work hard to ensure that we provide books that we know are popular and to be able to meet more specific requests, perhaps for books by local authors or on specific subjects.”

There are 88 copies of 50 Shades of Grey in Suffolk, along with four spoken word versions, two large print and one polish language edition.



  • ew.. who'd want that after being in someone else's hands. thats just nasty!

    Report this comment

    You What

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Don't be judgemental about what people read, celebrate that they are reading and using their local library! Hopefully with the recently announced extra £200,000 worth of funding cuts from SCC to the IPS that runs the library people will still be able to borrow what they want to.

    Report this comment

    Abby Barker

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • I actually read this (under pressure lol). But there are some really good books at Suffolk libraries too.

    Report this comment


    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Women constantly complain that they are exploited sexually, yet they'll read this rubbish and drool over "Mr Grey" and his sexual prowess. Double standards methinks......

    Report this comment


    Friday, February 14, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Travellers in Jaywick.

A group of travellers today returned to a site they had previously camped on in Jaywick - but were stopped in their tracks.

The large scale police operation in Potash Road, Wyverstone.

A village stalwart and chairman of a Suffolk parish council hid hundreds of illegal guns in a secret room at his house, a court heard.

The ice skating rink currently being installed in the Arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds

Limited parking capacity in Bury St Edmunds is set to be boosted by 420 extra spaces over the festive period after local brewer Greene King offered free use of its staff car park at weekends.

Kujtin Rexha was jailed for 11 years at Chelmsford Crown Court

Braintree man Kujtin Rexha has been jailed for 11 years for rape and holding a 17-year-old girl against her will for two and a half months.

Ben Wilson, 20, set fire to the Braintree Emergency Night Shelter in Braintree High Street in February

A man who set fire to a homeless hostel in Braintree, which forced a resident to jump naked from a second floor window, has been jailed for five years.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance was sent to the scene

Three people have been taken to hospital after a two car crash on the A143 in Little Wratting this afternoon.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24