It may have sold more than 70 million copies and inspired a Hollywood film, but El James’ erotic 2011 novel Fifty Shades of Grey has been dismissed as an awful book which is “not even sexy” by the grande dame of British popular fiction, Barbara Taylor Bradford.
In an interview with this week’s Radio Times, Taylor Bradford slams the book which is laden with explicitly erotic scenes and bondage as “terribly badly written reptetive and not even sexy” adding: “When the female character has her bottom smacked with a whip it’s the end of the book, except her saying, ‘Holy cow!’ [she mimics, sounding like a mewling cat] in excitement. The ‘hero’ is every woman’s worst nightmare, in my opinion, although he’s rich.”
Fifty Shades of Grey is the first instalment in the Fifty Shades trilogy that traces the relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young businessman called Christian Grey. So far the series has shifted 70 million books but, given its subject matter, the deuniciation by Tauylor Bradford is likely to sting.
In the interview Taylor Bradford also reveals that she has never has plastic surgery or Botox but is wary of jealous women.
“Some women can be a bit devious, especially if you’re successful,” she says. “They’re jealous and envious, although they’d be afraid to display that with me. I’d punch them in the face.”
Her first novel, A Woman of Substance published in 1979, has sold 31 million copies alone.
She has sold nearly 90 million copies of her oeuvre of 27 novels and boasts a fortune approaching £200 million.
Taylor Bradford appears in Secrets of the Workhouse which starts on ITV on June 25, revisiting some of the Victorian workhouses where her ancestors were housed.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.