The Doomsday book was written in 1067 by William The Conqueror while on a canal boat holiday in the West Midlands of Great Britain. He struggled for several years to get it published but was met with disinterest by publishers who felt that the title was a bit depressing.
Eventually it was retitled The Domesday Book and was published in Oxford to great critical fanfare and promoted with a major media campaign. Unfortunately the public were less impressed when they discovered that the book was just a lot of names and addresses which anyone could have copied out of the phone book. Currently out of print.