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White House exposé overshadowed by January diet plans

Sales of Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s controversial account of the first few months of the Trump administration, was out sold in the UK by a diet book in its first week of sales. Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for Good beat Fire and Fury to the number one spot in the second week of January.

Lose Weight for Good may, perhaps, have been helped in maintaining its 10,000 copy lead by bookshops struggling to meet demand for the presidential exposé. The book chain Foyles said that availability of Fire and Fury had been ‘challenging’, with UK publisher Little, Brown telling the Bookseller that it had shipped 330,000 in the first half of January.

In the US, however, Fire and Fury went straight to number one on the New York Times Bestseller list. The book’s US publisher Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan, brought forward the publication date by four days after an early extract was published in the Guardian, prompting threats of legal action from Trump’s legal team, which brought more publicity than Henry Holt could have dreamed of.

Don Weisberg, president of Macmillan Publishers, said: ‘The magnitude of demand for ‘Fire and Fury’ was so unprecedented that we felt the only thing to do was break from our planned publication date, which Macmillan has never done in our memory, and make this book available as soon as possible to accounts and readers.’