E L James, the writer behind the blockbuster “Fifty Shades of Grey” series with over 150M copies sold, has written a new novel called The Mister. The new work will be published worldwide in the English language on April 16, 2019. Vintage Books, the Penguin Random House imprint that launched the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in 2012, will publish E L James’s new novel in trade paperback and ebook formats, with a simultaneous publication by Penguin Random House Audio.

The announcement was made today by Anne Messitte, Publisher of Vintage and Anchor Books, who acquired rights to the book from Valerie Hoskins of Valerie Hoskins Associates in London.

The publisher describes the novel in today’s announcement calling it “a contemporary romance set in London, Cornwall, and Eastern Europe that introduces readers to the privileged and aristocratic young Englishman Maxim Trevelyan and the mysterious, talented, and beautiful Alessia Demachi, who’s recently arrived in London owning little more than a dangerous and troublesome past.”

Fans of E L James can see her current work on the author’s official profile page right here on Amazon.

“I’m so excited to finally get this passionate new romance out into the world,” said E L James. “It’s a Cinderella story for the twenty-first century. Maxim and Alessia have led me on a fascinating journey and I hope that my readers will be swept away by their thrilling and sensual tale, just as I was while writing, and that, like me, they fall in love with them.”

“E L James is an extraordinary storyteller who invites readers to escape into the intimate world of her characters,” said Messitte. “Readers are going to be surprised and delighted with the romance that James has in store for them. She has hit her stride again, with an erotic love story that’s full of suspense, adventure, and menace – a story that gives us a peek behind the curtain into worlds most of us can only imagine.”

With one of the largest fan followings in all of publishing, James has been recognized as one of Time magazine’s “Most Influential People in the World” and Publishers Weekly’s “Person of the Year.” Fifty Shades Freed won the Goodreads Choice Award (2012), and Fifty Shades of Grey was selected as one of the 100 Great Reads, as voted by readers, in PBS’s The Great American Read (2018).

The “Fifty Shades of Grey” films, which James coproduced for Universal Pictures, realized more than $1 billion at the global box office, with the latest movie, Fifty Shades Freed, winning the People’s Choice Award for Drama in 2018.

The official description of the book reads:

“London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections, and money, he’s never had to work and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face.

But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past. Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? And what will she do when she learns that he’s been hiding secrets of his own?”