No, the other Fire and Fury: when books share titles

Before Michael Wolff’s bestseller was the one about the second world war. Its little-known author is not the first to benefit from a nominal muddle …

You’d think it would be hard to confuse Randall Hansen’s Fire and Fury, a 2008 military history book with a second world war bomber on its cover, with Michael Wolff’s No 1 bestseller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, whose jacket shows the US president mid-rant. Yet Hansen, a Canadian academic, wryly revealed this week that the shared title had helped his 10-year-old study to return to three of Amazon’s category bestseller lists.

He’s not the first little-known author to benefit from a nominal muddle: Emily Schultz received “a big royalty cheque” as a long-tail bonus when Stephen King echoed her 2005 title Joyland in 2013; and Liam Callanan wrote a droll blog about the myriad repercussions of the release of ...