Now is your chance to vote for the oddest book title of the year. The Diagram Prize has been running since 1978 and has awarded the prize to such books as Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers, Highlights in the History of Concrete and Bombproof Your Horse. Last year’s winner was the appealingly titled Cooking with Poo.
Philip Stone, the Diagram Prize’s co-ordinator, said: “People might think this prize is just a bit of fun, but I think it draws welcome attention to an undervalued art. Publishers and booksellers know only too well that a title can make all the difference to the sales of a book. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian has sold almost a million copies to date, while books such as Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared perhaps all owe some of their success to their unusual monikers.”
Shortlisted for the prize this year are the following six books; Was Hiter Ill?, Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts, God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis, Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop, How Tea Cosies Changed the World and How to Sharpen Pencils.
I have my personal favourite but you can cast your own vote here.