Erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, by previously unknown British author EL James, has topped the New York Times best-seller
list. A limited print run of the book, the ?rst of a trilogy, has sold out while the majority of sales were of e-books. James, a TV executive and
mother-of-two from west London, has now signed a book deal in the US [and UK] with Random House. Her agent, Val Hoskins, said James
was overwhelmed by the success of the 21st century word-of-mouth hit.