Fifty Shades of Grey in Top 10 books left on planes

Fifty Shades of Grey

The sexy read Fifty Shades of Grey is among the Top 10 books left on BA flights. Let’s hope the owners of the trilogy – including Fifty Shades Freed – didn’t attempt to join the Mile High Club. 

Around 600 books and 1,400 Kindles are left on board BA flights every year – the most common being the Bible. Notebooks, personal diaries, wedding sketchbooks and even a cheque book have also been forgotten by travellers.

A survey found three in five people take a book on holiday, compared to one in five taking an e-reader. Women are more likely to own an e-reader (20 per cent) compared to men (15 per cent).

The Top 10 books left on board:

  1. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (Fiction, Thriller)
  2. King and Maxwell Series, David Baldacci (Thriller)
  3. The Fault in our Stars, John Green (Novel)
  4. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty (Business/Economics)
  5. Alex Cross, Run – James Patterson (Thriller)
  6. The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton (Novel)
  7. Michael Lewis, Flash Boys (Non-fiction)
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey (Freed), EL James (Romance)
  9. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Novel)
  10. The Racketeer, John Grisham (Thriller)

Novels are the most common type of book found on flights (22 per cent), followed by crime thrillers, study and learning books, travel books, non-fiction and business and economics. The least likely genre to be left behind are ‘chick flicks’.

Some of the most popular biographies found on board were by John Bishop, Muhammad Ali and, no surprise during the Wimbledon Championships – tennis player Rafa Nadal.

The survey also found Scottish travellers were the most likely to own an e-reader (28 per cent) – the least likely were East Anglia (nine per cent). Nine out of ten people from the East Midlands were likely to take a book on holiday, compared to just a quarter from the North East. Those from the South East are the biggest readers, taking at least two or three books on holiday.

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