Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:02:56 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
The bestselling English books of all-time

Will 'Fifty Shades of Grey' be the bestselling book of all time?



Author E. L. James holds a copy of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ (© Jeffrey M. Boan/AP Photo)
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  • Author E. L. James holds a copy of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ (© Jeffrey M. Boan/AP Photo)
  • 'Steps to Christ' is the best-selling religious book of all-time. (© Wikipedia)
  • J.D. Salinger (at left in 1951) was known for writing The Catcher in the Rye, among other books. (© J.D. Salinger's classic novel The Catcher in the Rye.Nine Stories.Amy Sancetta/File/AP Photo)
  • Napoleon Hill in 1937 holding his book Think and Grow Rich. (© New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper staff photographer)
  • Author Dan Brown at a signing for The Da Vinci Code in 2003. (© Tim Boyd/AP Photo)
  • H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925) wrote She, a novel that influenced well-known authors such as Henry Miller and J.R.R. Tolkien. (© Courtesy Everett Collection)
  • C.S. Lewis' book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was translated into nearly 50 languages. (© Courtesy John Chillingwort/Hulton Deutsch Collection)
  • Some 100 million copies of Agatha Christie's book And Then There Were None have been sold. (© Mary Evans Picture Library)
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Fifty Shades of Grey has now outsold Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in the U.K., which means ... what, exactly? Certainly, at 5.3 million copies sold, it means Brit E.L. James (pictured) may be this decade's J.K. Rowling, but it also says plenty about the steep hill the erotic novel has to climb.

Worldwide, sales of James' Fifty Shades trilogy are said to eclipse 40 million copies, though where does that put the book on the list of all-time English bestsellers? With help from Martin Levin, the books editor at The Globe and Mail, here are the ten bestselling English language books of all-time, and what makes them great.

*All figures in USD.

* Bing: What sits atop The Globe and Mail's current best-seller list?

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