Fifty sheds of grey: Why should women have all the fun Even Alan Titchmarsh is tempted by the racy novel
16:33 GMT, 16 July 2012
It is the erotic thriller that has had blushing women rushing to the book store for their fix of 'mummy porn.'
With sales totting up to 1m books and ebooks per week and the author herself netting approximately 862,069 per week for the 20 million copies sold worldwide, Fifty Shades of Grey is the fastest selling paperback of the year.
Although it has had men everyone confused and fascinated in equal measure (with one boyfriend even squirting his girlfriend with brown sauce to stop her reading it), one man is more than interested by the novel.
The TV gardener, like many man, is quite intrigued by the hottest book of the year
Speaking to The Sun's TV Magazine, Alan Titchmarsh said: 'Although I don't find graphic sexual descriptions much of a turn-on.
'The trick is to handle it sensitively.'
The erotic novel has become the fastest selling paperback of the year
The 63-year-old TV gardener and chat-show host added: 'There's nothing wrong with writing a scene that makes people a little bit hot under the collar. That's all part of life.'
The hit novel has taken the world by storm, with the title being used to create puns and satirical twitter accounts.
From 'Fifty Shades of Jay' – a feature about Robert Jay, the Leveson Inquiry barrister to the Tony Awards being dubbed 'Fifty Shades of Gay', people can't get enough of the erotic book.
One parody account that has entertained avid tweeters is @50shedsofgrey, which describes itself as 'erotica for the not-too-modern man.'
The account has garnered nearly 43,000 followers by posting images of grey sheds and messages to spice up the lives of the everyday gardener.
Tweets such as: 'I was excited but nervous. I'd finally been accepted into the BDSM community – Builders, Decorators and Shed Maintenance… I lay back exhausted, gazing happily out of the shed window. Despite my concerns about my inexperience, my rhubarb had come up a treat' have been a hit with followers.
It was damp, uncomfortable and didn't last very long but it's true what they say – you never forget your first shed
As I stared out at the army of strange creatures standing to attention
on the lawn, I realised I'd mixed up the slug pellets and the Viagra
'Not in this shed,' she said, 'I'm an exhibitionist. I need to do it
somewhere we can be seen.' I was horrified. 'Not . . the conservatory'
As she manually adjusted my sprinkler, my inner gardener did a Morris dance of delight
I have to admit to one fetish – MILFs . . . Mowers I'd Like to Fix