Gloucestershire loves Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy
READERS in Gloucestershire are still turning the pages of Fifty Shades of Grey as libraries have a waiting list more than three times longer than the number of copies they stock.
Nearly 80 people in the county want to borrow the UK's fastest-selling book, which has proved even more popular than the Harry Potter series.
Gloucestershire Libraries stocked their shelves with 24 copies of the first book in the series Fifty Shades of Grey.
And some 78 people are waiting to get their hands on a copy of the book, which has been dubbed "mummy porn".
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The sequels do not seem as popular, but still have library members queuing to borrow them.
Libraries in the county stock 18 copies of Fifty Shades Darker, with a waiting list of 15 readers, while it has 18 versions of Fifty Shades Freed, with the same number on its wanting to borrow it.
Library services manager Jo Hand said: "Many people seem to have bought their own copies, or are sharing them with friends."
The book's popularity has grown despite concern that youngsters could read the erotic fiction.
Children's author GP Taylor argued EL James' novel could leave children "with a view of sex which is warped".
Books, unlike films, are without age restrictions but sellers such as Waterstones have issued guidance to staff saying a child should be refused a copy.
Gloucestershire County Council's stock policy states it did not "censor" books, but confirmed the copies were shelved in the adult fiction section of libraries.
A spokesman added: "It is the responsibility of parents to monitor what their children are borrowing, although library staff would intervene in cases where it is obviously inappropriate."