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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