Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year 2015

Front Cover 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:

  1. Nature’s Nether Regions by Menno Schilthuizen -a history of the evolution of genitals of birds and beesAdvanced Pavement Research
  2. Advanced Pavement Research: Selected, Peer Reviewed Papers from the 3rd International Conference on Concrete Pavements Design, Construction, and Rehabilitation edited by Bo Tian
  3. The Madwoman in the the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones by Sandra Tsing-Loh a memoir of the menopause
  4. Where do Camels Belong? By Ken Thompson – an investigation into native and invasive species.
  5. 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
  6. The Ugly Wife is Treasured at Home by Melissa Margaret Schneider -an expose of love & sex under Maoist rule in China.
  7. 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.

The Diagram Prize 2014

How To Poo On a Date

Working Class Cats.

Are Trout South African.

How to Pray When Your're Pissed at God.

The Origin of Feces

Pieography.

It could  be me but I’m not sure the Diagram prize titles are as funny as they have been. The annual award for most peculiarly-named books has announced a typically strange set of finalists ….You can find out more about the books or cast your vote for your favourite 

The prize was originally conceived in 1978 by Trevor Bounford, co-founder with Bruce Robertson of publishing solutions firm The Diagram Group, as a way of avoiding boredom at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair. It has been administered every year by The Bookseller and Horace Bent, the magazine’s diarist.

The first winner of the prize was Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice. Other winners throughout the years have included How to Avoid Huge ShipsCooking with Poo, and last year’s Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop.

Greek Rural Postmen and their Cancellation Numbers was the winner of Diagram of Diagrams Prize in 2008, marking the 30th anniversary of the award.