COPIES of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy have been flying off the shelves of Wigan’s libraries, new figures have revealed.
The record-setting novels have been rented almost 1,000 times with residents in Ashton, central Wigan, Leigh and Standish leading the way.
And the steamy statistics show that the books and the recently released film have been a definite hit with Wiganers given that the Empire Cinema has been packed out with hourly showings.
The figures have been released by Wigan Council through a freedom of information request and show copies of the trilogy have been taken out on 977 occasions.
Leigh library has seen 218 rentals, closely followed by Ashton (143), Wigan (127) and Standish (135).
Lagging behind their neighbours in the saucy stakes are Aspull library, with just four loans, Platt Bridge (five) and Marsh Green with 18.
It’s definitely made people kinkier, and happier to open up about it, particularly womenNicola Lawton
Last month the Evening Post revealed the release of the film - starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson - appeared to have had made a certain impact in the town.
Sales at Queen Street’s Nice n’ Naughty adult store had seen a 100 per cent rise.
Senior sales executive Nicola Lawton had said the sales explosion was almost certainly attributable to the 50 shades phenomenon.
She said: “It’s definitely made people kinkier, and happier to open up about it, particularly women.
“There have been more women, couples and groups of girls coming in than we have seen before.
“There are people coming in who wouldn’t have dreamed of doing before Fifty Shades of Grey-it’s made it much more mainstream.”
More than 100 million copies of author EL James’s controversial trilogy have been sold worldwide and the film smashed worldwide box office records in its first weekend.
The erotic romance novels tell the story of the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and young business boss Christian Grey.