Arrow Books, the 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, E L James’ UK editor added: ‘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.