The erotic novel joins Pride and Prejudice and Great Expectations on the prestigious list
Fifty Shades of Grey was accused by critics of being badly-written and clichéd, but the erotic novel is having the last laugh after being named one of the 100 ‘essential’ books.
EL James’s erotic novel has joined Great Expectations and Pride and Prejudice as being named as one of the best-loved books in the country.
Researchers from bookmarkyourlibrary.org.uk looked through literary forums and websites to make up their list, which also sees surprise entries from Katie Price and Russell Brand.
The study also found the most-owned book was JK Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire and more than one in ten of us have lied about books we’ve read.
Spokesperson Elisabeth Robinson said: ‘No doubt literary aficionados will object to the likes of titles by Katie Price and Russell Brand appearing in the list.
‘But our view is that as long as people are picking up books and reading that has to be a positive thing.’
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