Not such a page turner: Fifty Shades of Grey found to be most discarded book by poll

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on September 12, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey has finished top of a poll of the books that Britons are the most likely to leave in their hotel room once they head home from their holiday, according to a recently-conducted poll.

Budget hotel chain Travelodge reported that roughly 7,000 copies of the erotic bestseller by E L James have been recovered from the rooms it offers to is guest since the book was released earlier this year. Fifty Shades Freed and also Fifty Shades Darker, the trilogy’s other two volumes, finished in fourth and seventh place respectively on Travelodge’s annual Books Left Behind list.

Titles from Stieg Larsson (the writer of the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series) and Suzanne Collin (of The Hunger Games, Mockingjay and Catching Fire fame) also featured prominently. Also making their way into the top 20 were The Help, by Kathryn Stockett; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, by John Le Carre, and Stephen Fry’s The Fry Chronicles.

A Travelodge spokeswoman said it has been interesting to see that the list isn’t merely dominated by chick lit books or celebrity biographies, as it has been in past years. In 2009, Katie Price’s Pushed to the Limit biography was the most discarded, book while The Blair Years by Alistair Campbell scooped the accolade in 2007 and Don’t You Know Who I Am? by Piers Morgan was the victor the year after.

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