When Gordon Brown published his book 'Courage' last year I marvelled at how he had time to write it and, of course, why did he bother. More to the point why did Bloomsbury advance him what was probably not an inconsiderable amount of money; my guess would be it was around £75,000. Brown would have needed some of that to pay his ghostwriter, would he not? I've just found out that 'Courage' as sold 3,983 copies. Given that it's been out for a month in paperback, after almost a year of hardback sales that's none too impressive. It's doubtful that Bloomsbury will have grossed over £25,000. Why would they do it?