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Poo & dredging on shortlist for 2012 Diagram Prize

The Bookseller magazine has announced the shortlist for the Diagram prize for the oddest book title of the year. Lots of gems as usual, including Peter Gosson’s A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel (vol 2) and Mr Andoh’s Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge.

Gosson’s maritime history is apparently the hot favorite and the subject was fascinating enough to generate a second volume.

Previous winners of this glorious award include The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories and Living with Crazy Buttocks.

Cooking with Poo by Saiyuud Diwong is not what it seems – Poo is the name of a chef apparently so the title makes perfect sense to me. Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World goes straight onto my must-read list…. for 2029. A Taxonomy of Office Chairs should satisfy chair enthusiasts everywhere (Phaidon published this one – what were they thinking?). The Guardian has a slideshow of the contenders in all their odd glory.

The winner of the Diagram Prize receives nothing. Fans of odd book titles can find more at the AbeBooks’ Weird Book Room.

The full shortlist is:
A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two by Peter Gosson
Cooking with Poo by Saiyuud Diwong
Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World by Aino Praakli
The Great Singapore Penis Panic: And the Future of American Mass Hysteria by Scott D Mendelson
Mr Andoh’s Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh
A Taxonomy of Office Chairs by Jonathan Olivares
The Mushroom in Christian Art by John A Rush

Posted by on February 24, 2012.

Categories: author, awards, odd

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