Oddest book title prize reveals shortlist

Oddest book title prize reveals shortlist

The shortlist for arguably Britain's most prestigious literary award, The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year, has been revealed and you get to choose the winner.     

This is the 36th annual outing for the Diagram, which was originally conceived in 1978 by Trevor Bounford and Bruce Robertson of The Diagram Groupas a way to avoid boredom at the Frankfurt Book Fair. It was first awarded to Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice. The Bookseller and its diarist, Horace Bent, have been administering the prize since 1982. Two very dark years—1987 and 1991—had no award due to the lack of odd titles. 

So, which book will follow in the legendary footsteps of previous winners such Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers (1996), The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories (2003), Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop (2012) and last year's worthy champion, How to Poo on a Date? Only you get to decide.  

Simply select your favourite odd title from the 2014 shortlist below. Voting ends at 00:01 Saturday 21st March with the winner announced on the 27th March.

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  1. 1

    Advanced Pavement Research: Selected, Peer Reviewed Papers from the 3rd International Conference on Concrete Pavements Design, Construction, and Rehabilitation

    Souvenir guide to a two-day pavement symposium.

    December 2-3, 2013, Shanghai, China 
    Bo Tian (ed.)
    Trans Tech Publications

  2. 2

    Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the People That Used to Love Them

    “Fills a huge gap in the resources that Witches and Pagans have in the areas of family and relationships,” according to its publisher.

    Diana Rajchel
    Moon Books

  3. 3

    The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

    A roller-coaster trip through “the change”. (This is not your grandmother’s menopause memoir.)

    Sandra Tsing Loh
    W W Norton

  4. 4

    Nature’s Nether Regions

    What links men and stamen? This fascinating history of the evolution of genitals is an essential addition to the field of research, because, as one online reviewer notes: “Sex is one of the things we humans find really worth doing.”

    Menno Schilthuizen 

  5. 5

    Strangers Have the Best Candy

    A chronicle of Margaret Meps Schulte’s experiences of talking to strangers, including Carrie, “the topless runner who popped out of the woods at Crater Lake  with a bag of flour”.

    Margaret Meps Schulte
    Choose Art

  6. 6

    The Ugly Wife is a Treasure at Home

    An essential expose of how romantic love and sexual freedom came to be considered a revolutionary act in Communist China under the rule of Mao.

    Melissa Margaret Schneider 
    Potomac Books

  7. 7

    Where Do Camels Belong?

    A riveting investigation into the contradictions of ‘native’ and ‘invasive’ species – the notorious Japanese knotweed is among the latter. Could camels be the next invasive species to give British horticulturalists the hump?

    Ken Thompson
    Profile Books