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    opyright E. L. James 2012. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, store

    in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,

    recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

    http://www.randomhouse.com.au/fifty-shades/
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    E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two

    based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of

    writing stories that readers would fall in love with but put those

    dreams on hold to focus on her family and career. She finally

    plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first

    novel Fifity Shades of Grey. She is also the author of Fifty

    Shades Freed.

    Copyright E. L. James 2012. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored

    in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,

    recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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    Books by E L James

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades Darker

    Fifty Shades Freed

    Copyright E. L. James 2012. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored

    in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,

    recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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    Copyright E. L. James 2012. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored

    in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,

    recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

    http://www.randomhouse.com.au/fifty-shades/http://www.randomhouse.com.au/fifty-shades/http://www.randomhouse.com.au/fifty-shades/http://www.randomhouse.com.au/fifty-shades/
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    First published by The Writers Coffee Shop Publishing House, Australia, 2011

    This edition published by Arrow Books, 2012

    2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1

    Copyright Fifty Shades Ltd, 2011

    E L James has asserted her right under the Copyright, Designsand Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.

    This book is a work of fiction. Names and characters are the product of the authorsimagination and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

    The author published an earlier serialised version of this story online with differentcharacters as Master of the Universe under the pseudonym Snowqueens Icedragon.

    This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise,be lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publishers prior consent in

    any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similarcondition, including this condition, being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

    First published in Great Britain in 2012 byArrow Books

    Random House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road,London SW1V 2SA

    www.randomhouse.co.ukAddresses for companies within The Random House Group Limited can be found at:

    www.randomhouse.co.uk/offices.htm

    The Random House Group Limited Reg. No. 954009

    A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

    ISBN 9780099579922

    Book design by Claudia MartinezCover design based on design by Jennifer McGuire

    Cover image E. Spek/Dreamstime.com

    The Random House Group Limited supports The Forest Stewardship Council(FSC), the leading international forest certification organisation. Our books carryingthe FSC label are printed on FSC certified paper. FSC is the only forest certification

    scheme endorsed by the leading environmental organisations, includingGreenpeace. Our paper procurement policy can be found at:

    www.randomhouse.co.uk/environment

    Printed and bound by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon, CR0 4YY

    Copyright E. L. James 2012. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored

    in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,

    recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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    PROLOGUE

    Hes come back. Mommys asleep or shes sick again.

    I hide and curl up small under the table in the kitchen.

    Through my fingers I can see Mommy. She is asleep on the

    couch. Her hand is on the sticky green rug, and hes wear-

    ing his big boots with the shiny buckle and standing over

    Mommy shouting.

    He hits Mommy with a belt. Get up! Get up! You are

    one fucked-up bitch. You are one fucked-up bitch. You are

    one fucked-up bitch. You are one fucked-up bitch. You are one

    fucked-up bitch. You are one fucked-up bitch.

    Mommy makes a sobbing noise. Stop. Please stop.

    Mommy doesnt scream. Mommy curls up small.

    I have my fingers in my ears, and I close my eyes. The

    sound stops.

    He turns and I can see his boots as he stomps into the

    kitchen. He still has the belt. He is trying to find me.

    He stoops down and grins. He smells nasty. Of cigarettes

    and drink. Thereyouare, you little shit.

    A chilling wail wakes him. Christ! Hes drenched in sweat and

    his heart is pounding. Whatthefuck? He sits bolt upright in bed

    and puts his head in hands. Fuck. Theyre back. The noise was

    me. He takes a deep steadying breath, trying to rid his mind and

    nostrils of the smell of cheap bourbon and stale Camel cigarettes.

    Copyright E. L. James 2012. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored

    in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,

    recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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