Oddest Book Title of the Year

I came across this little literary gem through the Brascoe Books blog. Bookseller magazine has announced the shortlist for the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. This year’s shortlist is:

I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen
How to Write a How to Write Book
Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues
Cheese Problems Solved
If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs
People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Dr Feelgood

Horace Bent, The Bookseller diarist and custodian of the Diagram Prize, said, “I confess: I have been anxious that as publishing becomes ever more corporate, the trade‚Äôs quirky charms are being squeezed out. Lists are pruned, targets are set, authors are culled. But happily my fears have been proved unfounded: oddity lives on. Your submissions for the 2007 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year were as rich and varied as ever. Drawing up the six-strong shortlist was a fraught and wildly controversial process.”

You can read all about each book on the shortlist and learn more about the whole bizarre thing at the Bookseller website.

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