Baboons and sieves vie for odd title

<p>The shortlist for the annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been unveiled by <em>The Bookseller</em>. Six titles, with subjects ranging from fromage frais to strip knitting, make up the shortlist for the hotly contested award, which is now in its 31st year.<br /><br />Horace Bent, <em>The Bookseller</em> magazine&rsquo;s legendary diarist and custodian of the prize, said: &quot;Never have I found it so problematic to pick a shortlist of just six. At a time when the economic climate is forbidding and cost-cutting companies are ten-a-penny, I&rsquo;m proud to report that the British publishing industry has remained as stubborn in the face of change as ever.&quot;<br /><br />Philip Stone, a sales analyst at <em>The Bookseller,</em> added: &quot;We received a huge number of entries this year and the debate was furious as to which would be included on the shortlist. Six seems such a cruelly low number given titles such as <em>Excrement in the Late Middle Ages</em> and <em>All Dogs Have ADHD</em> were rejected.<br /><br />&quot;We also had to exclude a few titles because they were published before 2008<em>&mdash;Monumental Beginnings: Archaeology of the N4 Sligo Inner Relief Road</em> and one of my personal favourites, <em>Sketches of Hull Authors</em>. The latter was first published back in 1879, but thanks to &#39;print on demand&#39;&mdash;the wonderful saviour of &#39;out of print&#39; books&mdash;you can still purchase copies to this day.&quot;</p><p>Stone added: &quot;The Diagram Prize this year has achieved a wonderful quadruple. It celebrates the diversity within book publishing today, the risks publishers are willing to take to support freedom of information, the beauty of print-on-demand for fascinatingly niche titles, and perhaps most of all, complete and utter oddity.&quot;</p><p>The shortlist is as follows:</p><p><em>Baboon Metaphysics</em> by Dorothy Dorothy L Cheney and Robert M Seyfarth (University of Chicago Press)<br />&nbsp;<br /><em>Curbside Consultation of the Colon</em> by Brooks D Cash (SLACK Incorporated)<br /><br /><em>The Large Sieve and its Applications</em> by Emmanuel Kowalski (Cambridge University Press)<br />&nbsp;<br /><em>Strip and Knit with Style</em> by Mark Hordyszynski (C&amp;T)<br />&nbsp;<em><br />Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring </em>by Lietai Yang (Woodhead)<br />&nbsp;<br /><em>The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais</em> by Professor Philip M Parker (Icon Group International)<br /><br />The prestigious award was first conceived by The Diagram Group&rsquo;s Bruce Robertson as a way to avoid boredom at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Run by Horace Bent, the first ever winner was the University of Tokyo Press&rsquo;<em> Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice</em>, in 1978. Last year&rsquo;s winner was <em>If You Want Closure In Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs</em>.</p><p>The winner of the 2008 award will be chosen by a public vote at <a href="..//"></a>, and will be announced on Friday 27th March, 2009. </p>