By A Correspondent
E L James, whose Fifty Shades of Grey series has broken sales records for contemporary adult publishing (150 million copies sold worldwide), has written a new novel, The Mister, which will be published worldwide on 16 April, 2019.
Susan Sandon, Managing Director of Cornerstone, has acquired UK and Commonwealth Rights, (exc. Canada) in a deal struck with Valerie Hoskins of Valerie Hoskins Associates in London.
Arrow Books, the Penguin Random House imprint that launched the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in 2012, will publish E L James’ new novel in paperback and ebook formats, with simultaneous publication from Penguin Random House Audio.
The Mister is a contemporary romance set in London, Cornwall and Eastern Europe that introduces readers to the privileged and aristocratic young Englishman Maxim Trevelyan and the mysterious, talented and beautiful Alessia Demachi, who’s recently arrived in London owning little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.
‘I’m so excited to finally get this passionate new romance out into the world,’ said E L James. ‘It’s a Cinderella story for the twenty-first century. Maxim and Alessia have led me on a fascinating journey and I hope that my readers will be swept away by their thrilling and sensual tale, just as I was while writing, and that, like me, they fall in love with them.’
Selina Walker, Publisher of Arrow and E L James’ UK editor says: ‘E L James is an exceptional storyteller, and The Mister is a unique and very special novel – passionate, romantic and full of suspense. Its characters are warm, vulnerable and utterly believable, the locations are stunningly described, and the novel itself touches upon subjects and themes that are all too relevant in today’s world. To say that I am excited by this publication is an understatement.’
With one of the largest fan followings in publishing, James has been recognised as one of Time magazine’s ‘Most Influential People in the World’ and Publishers Weekly’s ‘Person of the Year’. Fifty Shades Freed won the Goodreads Choice Award (2012), and Fifty Shades of Grey was selected as one of the 100 Great Reads, as voted by readers, in PBS’s The Great American Read (2018). In the UK, Fifty Shades of Grey won both Popular Fiction and Book of the Year categories at the National Book Awards in 2012.The Fifty Shades of Grey films, which James co-produced for Universal Pictures, realised more than $1 billion in global box office sales, with the latest movie, Fifty Shades Freed, winning the People’s Choice Award for Drama in 2018.
The Mister will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by Arrow Books, an imprint of Cornerstone Publishing, part of The Random House Group Ltd, based in the UK. The Random House Group Ltd is a Penguin Random House Company. US publication will be with Vintage Books, a division of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, which is a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Vintage will also publish a Spanish-language edition in North America later in the spring of 2019. Foreign rights are sold by ILA London on behalf of Valerie Hoskins Associates.
About the author
E L James is an incurable romantic and a self-confessed fan-girl. After twenty-five years of working in television, she decided to pursue a childhood dream and write stories that readers could take to their hearts.
The result was the controversial and sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. In 2015, she published the no. 1 bestseller Grey, the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of Christian Grey, and in 2017, the chart-topping Darker, the second part of the Fifty Shades story from Christian’s point of view. Her books have been published in 48 languages and have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.
E L James has been recognised as one of Time magazine’s ‘Most Influential People in the World’ and Publishers Weekly’s ‘Person of the Year’. Fifty Shades of Grey stayed on the New York Times Best Seller List for 133 consecutive weeks. Fifty Shades Freed won the Goodreads Choice Award (2012), and Fifty Shades of Grey was selected as one of the 100 Great Reads, as voted by readers, in PBS’s The Great American Read (2018). Darker has been long-listed for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award.
She co-produced for Universal Studios the Fifty Shades movies, which made more than a billion dollars at the box office. The third instalment, Fifty Shades Freed, won the People’s Choice Award for Drama in 2018.
E L James is blessed with two wonderful sons and lives with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their West Highland terriers in the leafy suburbs of West London.