Fifty Shades of Grey nominated for National Book Award

The erotic novel has been shortlisted by a panel of 50 experts for the prestigious award

Having broken an abundance of records and racked up sales of over 60 million copies worldwide, EL James has been nominated for a National Book Award for Fifty Shades of Grey.

Centering on an increasingly dark relationship between an inexperienced girl and a sadistic, multi-millionaire businessman, the first instalment of the three-part series has been announced as a competitor for this year’s popular fiction book of the year.

Selected by a panel of 50 book experts, including booksellers and journalists, the award is intended to go to an adult novel that ‘has made a massive impact [and] that may have exceeded expectations.’

‘These awards are special because they recognise and reward the authors the public are actually reading and buying,’ said Amanda Ross, from the awards’ producer, Cactus TV.

Fifty Shades is up against books such as Kate Mosses’s ‘Citadel,’ Dorothy Koomson’s ‘The Rose Petal Beach,’ and JoJo Moyes’s ‘Me Before You.’

The winner will be selected by votes and the ceremony will take place on December 4.

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