Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Are Women Human? and Cheese Problems Solved

The Bookseller oddest title of the year short-list has been announced with some very strange titles capturing the eye of the judges. Unfortunately my book, Up Yours You One Eyed Bastard didnt make the list, and the sequel, Screw You And The Horse You Rode In On is outside the publishing date.

Heres the titles that made the cut :

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

Although these titles are weird, they werent the only ones. Horace Bent, diarist and custodian of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book title said "I must pay homage to those books that narrowly missed out on a shortlist place. These were, in no particular order: Drawing and Painting the Undead; Stafford Pageant: The Exciting Innovative Years 1901–1952; and Tiles of the Unexpected: A Study of Six Miles of Geometric Tile Patterns on the London Underground.

All sound like they are positively thrilling reads, and I do hope that the authors will try again next year. Honourable mention should also go to two titles that were ruled out because they were published too long ago: an unlikely-sounding HR manual called Squid Recruitment Dynamics, and the fascinating anthropological tome Glory Remembered: Wooden Headgear of Alaska Sea Hunters."

It astounds me that someone has the time to sit down and write a book about this stuff. My tinfoil hat is off to them for spending the time to put finger to keyboard.

Via theBookseller and Stuff

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