Sunday, February 21, 2010

the oddest vote

At last, the shortlist for the most important of all literary prizes has been reveiled. In the running for the Diagram Prize, which honours the oddest book title of the past year, are:

The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Collectible Spoons of the 3rd Reich

Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes

Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots

What Kind of Bean is this Chihuahua?

Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter


More details about these titles are here, and you can vote for your favourite at http://www.thebookseller.com/. Once you've voted, you'll be shown the current percentages of votes. I was very surprised to see that my favourite title was in the lead, though my second favourite was only in 5th place.

Sadly, I had no luck with the titles I proposed this time round, but will keep trying ...

A book collecting timeless jewels from the first 30 years of the prize has been published in 2008, it's called "How to avoid huge ships".

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