Freed: Christian Grey is as possessive and awful as ever in new Fifty Shades book

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Freed: Christian Grey is as possessive and awful as ever in new Fifty Shades book
<p>The cover of Freed and author EL James</p> (Penguin / Getty)

The cover of Freed and author EL James

(Penguin / Getty)

It’s a big day for the book industry: EL James has released the third part of her Fifty Shades story, as told by moody billionaire Christian Grey.

The first book in the franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey, was released in 2011 and became a publishing phenomenon.

It set a record for the fastest-selling paperback of all time in the UK, and was followed by two sequels – Fifty Shades Darkerand Fifty Shades Freed – written from the perspective of its protagonist, Anastasia Steele.

A film series followed, starring Irish actor Jamie Dornan as Christian, and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia.

James’s “mommy porn” writing has been described over the years in far-from flattering terms, but we thought we’d try and see whether there was anything redeemable about the final book in one of the most notorious franchises in literary history.

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