Without doubt, Fifty Shades Of Grey was the book of 2012, whipping up an almost unprecedented frenzy among readers and becoming the fastest-selling paperback of all time.
So what now for the nation's bookshelves or e-Readers? Will 2013 bring something that keeps readers turning the pages at the same rate as the exploits of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele? And has erotic fiction had its day?
According to Cathy Rentzenbrink, new fiction previewer at trade publishing magazine The Bookseller, the answer to the final question is a resounding 'no!'
"Erotica will continue to do well and to feed into other sub-genres, so I think there will be more historical erotica - think Fifty Shades Of Lady Jane Grey - more sci-fi erotica and more sexual content in mainstream novels," she says.
Not only that, but Rentzenbrink's colleague Caroline Sanderson, who previews non-fiction for the magazine, says that the 50 Shades effect will be visible in her category as well - but with a twist.
"We've had Fifty
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