There are no grey area when it comes to the popularity of the best selling book “with adult content” in Clare writes Claire Gallagher.
The unexplained world wide phenomena that is Fifty Shades of Grey has been sold out of all editions of the trilogy from all local book shops.
Hughes and Hughes in Ennis have reported selling out the so called erotic novel continuously within hours of receiving new stock, while staff at the Ennis book shop claim it is one of their biggest sellers ever.
The waiting list for the book by British author E. L. James is the longest every held by the Ennis bookshop.
Staff have sold the book to women of all ages – from embarrassed teens to brazen octogenarians.
“There are men from their 20s to 60s saying they are buying it for their wives and girlfriends,” said one shop assistant.
Hughes and Hughes is also battling to keep the shelves stocked.
Store manager in Ennis, Keith Griffin told the Clare People that the book has sold out four times.
On Friday last new stock came into the Ennis shop at 9.30am.
By 2pm on Saturday Hughes and Hughes was sold out of the books again.
That sale included 202 of the first book in the erotic trilogy, 98 of the second edition Fifty Shades Darker and 95 of the third Fifty Shades Freed.
It had sold out of the books three times previous.
Mr Griffin said that staff were inundated on Sunday with requests for any of the books in the series, despite Sunday being considered one of the quieter days at the shop.
Approximately 60 more books were due into the shop last evening (Monday), but the bookshop manager expects them to fly off the shelves also.
“It is coming close to Harry Potter in sales and has overtaken it internationally. It is hard to judge how much better it could sell because we have been out of stock so many times,” said Mr Griffin.
“This book is not sold to under 18-year-olds as it is supposed to be quite explicit,” he added.