Last call for Diagram of Diagrams

<p>Competition for the winner of <em>The Bookseller</em>&#39;s search for the oddest title of the last 30 years could not be tighter ahead of voting closing at midnight tonight.</p><p>Gary Leon Hill&rsquo;s investigation of the afterlife, <em>People Who Don&rsquo;t Know They&rsquo;re Dead</em> (Weiser Books), currently leads the voting with 11% of all votes in the Diagram of Diagrams. It is locked in a close battle with John Trimmer&rsquo;s 97-page manual, <em>How to Avoid Huge Ships</em> (National Writer&rsquo;s Press), which has taken 10% of all votes.</p><p>The battle for third is just as tight with<em> Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers </em>(Hellenic Philatelic Society of Great Britain), edited by Derek Willan, neck and neck with Rick Pelicano and Lauren Tjaden&rsquo;s <em>Bombproof Your Horse</em> (Traflagar Square Books) on 8%.</p><p>The search commemorates the 30th anniversary of <em>The Bookseller</em>/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year and the winner will be officially announced this Friday (5th September). A celebration of the some of the prize&rsquo;s popular winners and nominees, H<em>ow to Avoid Huge Ships: And Other Implausibly Titled Books</em> (Aurum Press), edited by <em>The Bookseller</em>&rsquo;s former deputy editor Joel Rickett, will be officially released on the same day. The book was serialised in the <em>Guardian</em>&rsquo;s <em>Weekend </em>supplement on Saturday, and was highlighted in a two-page spread in the <em>Daily Mail </em>yesterday.</p><p>Horace Bent, <em>The Bookseller</em>&rsquo;s legendary diarist and custodian of the prize said; &ldquo;I take insurmountable joy in reminding people that more people voted for <em>The Bookseller</em>&rsquo;s annual Diagram Prize in March this year than voted in the recent &lsquo;Booker of Booker&rsquo;. I need say no more. Except to point out that just because many previous nominees and winners in the annual search for the &lsquo;Oddest&rsquo; are American is pure coincidence.&rdquo;</p><p>Although no physical prize is officially awarded to the author of the winning book, Philip Stone, charts editor at <em>The Bookseller</em>, was quick to point out the other benefits a prize win can bring: &ldquo;It has long been known that a prize win gives a welcome boost to a book&rsquo;s sales and The Diagram Prize is no different. Combined sales of the six shortlisted titles earlier this year enjoyed a colossal 10-fold sales increase in the two weeks following the announcement. That&rsquo;s something money can&rsquo;t buy. And publishers and authors would be foolish to send in any bribes to Horace Bent, The Bookseller, Endeavour House, 189 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 9TJ.&rdquo;</p><p>To vote for the Diagram of Diagrams, <a href="http://www.thebookseller.co.uk/diagramprize">go here. </a></p>