Please do not disturb! Fifty Shades of Grey tops list of books left in hotel rooms as we try to escape into fantasy
18:56 GMT, 14 September 2012
Introducing Britain to bondage: Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James has smashed sales records
Erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey is the number one title left in British hotel rooms, in fact a staggering 7,000 of them were abandoned in Travelodges the morning after a good read the night before.
And the two other books in the E.L James trilogy were up there too – as were Suzanne Collins’ ‘Hunger Games’ and Stieg Larsson’s ‘Millennium’ books, suggesting that we are a nation escaping reality to delve into a fantasy world of crime, thriller and eroticism.
Outside of the trilogies, the only book to enter the top 10 is ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett taking 10th place. David Nicholls’ ‘One Day’ reached 11th place and Dawn French and Steve Jobs both enter the top 20 in 12th and 13th place respectively.
Previous number ones left on the night stand have included Katie Price’s autobiography ‘Pushed to the Limit’, Piers Morgan’s ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’ and ‘The Blair Years’ by Alastair Campbell.
Hotel spokesman Shakila Ahmed said: 'It
is interesting to see for the first time ever that our top ten books
left behind index is not being dominated by celebrity biographies and
chick lit books which it has done in the past.
'Trilogies have dominated the charts this year with Fifty Shades of Grey topping the poll. So popular is this book, our hotel staff have reported that business and leisure customers of all ages are reading this trilogy.
Escapism: It appears we indulge in a world of fantasy when we stay in hotels, with trilogies such as 'Fifty Shades' and 'The Hunger Games' topping the chart of books left in hotel rooms
Books most commonly left behind:
1. Fifty Shades of Grey E.L. James
2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
3. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest Stieg Larsson
4. Fifty Shades Freed E.L. James
5. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
6. The Girl Who Played With Fire Stieg Larsson
7. Fifty Shades Darker E.L. James
8. Catching Fire Suzanne Collins
9. Mockingjay Suzanne Collins
10. The Help Kathryn Stockett
11. One Day David Nicholls
12. A Tiny Bit Marvellous Dawn French
13. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography Steve Jobs
14. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
15. The Brightest Star In The Sky Marian Keyes
16. The Fry Chronicles Stephen Fry
17. Room Emma Donoghue
18. StrengthsFinder 2.0 Tom Rath
19. The Confession John Grisham
20. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John Le Carre
'Customers can not get enough of Mr Grey and Miss Steele, they are even reading the book whilst eating breakfast and dinner.
2012 books left behind index has revealed we are a nation addicted to
trilogies, this is probably so that we can flee the reality of gloom and
doom for a world of fantasy.'
During the last 12 months, around 21,786 books have been left behind in 36,500 Travelodge hotel rooms.
A staggering 7,000 copies of Shades books were recovered from Travelodge hotel rooms across the country since its release earlier this year
A sports book was found in all 57 London hotels during the Olympics, and staff in Newcastle found the most cookery books left behind in their hotels.
Workers at the Scarborough Travelodge found a bag of Karma Sutra books which belonged to an elderly couple staying for a week.
And staff in Essex, Newcastle and Liverpool recovered the most copies of ‘The Dukan Diet’.
All books left behind at
Travelodge hotels that are not claimed within three months are donated
to Cancer Research UK charity shops across the UK.