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Author E L James is looking to adapt her best-selling erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, for the big screen

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Sales of E L James’ enormously successful erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey have fallen sharply after increasing for eight consecutive weeks.

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EL James' Fifty Shades trilogy sets new record

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JK Rowling adult novel published

X marks the spot for JK Rowling's first book since she called time on the Harry Potter saga.

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Brains: The Mind as Matter proved to be the most popular exhibition ever staged at Wellcome Collection, a free venue in London for the ‘incurably curious’ that explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future.

Natalie Haynes: E-books are ephemeral, real books for life

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EL James' Fifty Shades Of Grey is fastest-ever seller

Author EL James - behind publishing phenomenon Fifty Shades Of Grey - has become the first writer to see three of her books each sell in excess of 100,000 paperback copies in a week.

WH Smith shrugs off high street woes and hands back £36m

WH Smith has again cheered investors by delivering growth in margins and an improved sales performance despite the dire trading conditions on the high street.

Booker prize winner Barry Unsworth dies

Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth has died at the age of 81, his publishers said today.

Gofugyourself.com's Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

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RIELLE HUNTER: John Edwards’ former lover once vowed never to cash in on their affair with a book

John Edwards and the lover Rielle Hunter who plans to tell all

Barely hours after Americans heard the dull thump of the trial of John Edwards, the one-time presidential hopeful, ending with an acquittal on one charge of campaign finance violations and a mistrial on all the others, they are being told: just wait a minute, you haven't heard the half of it.

Katy Guest: I've read the future, and it doesn't work (or smell nice)

I took my new ebook reader on holiday recently. Now there's a sentence I never expected to write. According to all the statistics, something like 99 per cent of all known life now owns a Kindle, and only dinosaurs, idiots and perverts still buy paper books. But I'm not the only one: two-thirds of Mslexia readers, according to their new survey, are "book fetishists". I don't file my personal library according to the Dewey Decimal System, as 1 per cent of their respondents do, but I do organise books alphabetically and I like the way they smell. But as this paper's literary editor, I ought to try anything once (except morris dancing, incest and magic realism), so I downloaded some books.

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