Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year shortlist is out and it cover witches, camels, nether regions and pavements. Are they that funny?? Anyway, you can Vote for your favourite until 2oth March, (hosted on We Love This Book). The winner will be announced on Friday 27th March. No prize, but the person who nominated the book to the Diagram committee will receive the traditional “passable bottle of claret”.
Seven books are on the shortlist are:
- Nature’s Nether Regions by Menno Schilthuizen -a history of the evolution of genitals of birds and bees
- Advanced Pavement Research: Selected, Peer Reviewed Papers from the 3rd International Conference on Concrete Pavements Design, Construction, and Rehabilitation edited by Bo Tian
- The Madwoman in the the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones by Sandra Tsing-Loh a memoir of the menopause
- Where do Camels Belong? By Ken Thompson – an investigation into native and invasive species.
- Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the People That Used to Love Them by Diana Rajchel, a practical guide for ending pagan relationships, an account of the author’s experience of speaking to strangers
- The Ugly Wife is Treasured at Home by Melissa Margaret Schneider -an expose of love & sex under Maoist rule in China.
- Strangers Have the Best Candy by Margaret Meps Schulte (the prixe is now open to self-published authors for the first time in its 37-year history)
Established by Diagram Group founders Trevor Bounford & Bruce Robertson in 1978 as a way of avoiding boredom at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the inaugural winner was Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice. Other winners include How to Avoid Huge Ships (1992), Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers (1996), The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories (2003), Cooking with Poo (2012) and last year’s winner, How to Poo at Work (2012). 1987 and 1991 had no award, due to a lack of odd titles.