Erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey sells out in Gloucester
AS Fifty Shades of Grey fever grips the nation, readers in Gloucester have been snapping up their copies.
The erotic novel has already broken the weekly paperback sales record, and copies continue to fly off the shelves.
EL James' book sold 205,130 copies last week, some 64,000 copies more than the previous record set by Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol in July 2010.
Steve Birt, assistant manager at Waterstone's in Gloucester, has been inundated with people asking about the book.
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He said: "We opened at 9am on Saturday and by 1.30pm we had sold out of all copies.
"Although we prepared for this, the demand exceeded our expectations.
"We have had so many people inquiring about it, it has been unbelievable."
He added that more copies will be on sale at the Eastgate Street shop today.
Figures show that James' debut, already cited as the fastest-selling book of the year, has now sold 765,000 copies in two months.
As a comparison, Brown's The Da Vinci Code, previously the biggest-selling paperback of all time took six months to achieve the same sales figure.