Fifty Shades of Grey is the book most left behind in hotel rooms

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In a bid to flee reality for a world of fantasy and fiction, Britons have become a nation addicted to trilogies according to the Travelodge 2012 books left behind index.

For the first time ever, the budget hotel chain has reported that fictitious trilogies have dominated its top 10 books left behind charts – with no celebrities or chick lit making the listing this time.

E.L. James’ Fifty Shades, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games and Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogies all lead the chart, suggesting we’re 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 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.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman 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. Customers can not get enough of Mr Grey and Miss Steele, they are even reading the book whilst eating breakfast and dinner.”

“Our 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. 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.

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