The literary world has already selected the worst sex writing of the year. Now, it’s turned its attention to something a bit less titillating: titles. The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has whittled down its list for 2011 from 64 contenders to seven finalists. They are:
A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two
by Peter Gosson (Amberley). A survey of the sand trade from its inception in 1912 to the present day, focusing on the Welsh coast.
Cooking with Poo
by Saiyuud Diwong (Urban Neighbours of Hope). A Thai cookbook. “Poo” is Thai for “crab” and is Diwong’s nickname.
Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World
by Aino Praakli (Kirjastus Elmatar). The book looks at styles of socks and stockings found in Estonian knitting.
The Great Singapore Penis Panic: And the Future of American Mass Hysteria
by Scott D Mendelson (Createspace). An analysis of the “Koro” psychiatric epidemic that hit the island of Singapore in 1967.
Mr Andoh's Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge
by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh (Royd Press). This is the story of Koichi Andoh, who traveled from Japan to Yorkshire in the 1930s to train workers at a hatchery business the art of determining the sex of day-old chicks.
A Taxonomy of Office Chairs
by Jonathan Olivares (Phaidon). An exhaustive overview of the evolution of the modern office chair.
The Mushroom in Christian Art
by John A Rush (North Atlantic Books). In which the author reveals that Jesus is a personification of the Holy Mushroom, Amanita Muscaria
The award is sponsored by The Bookseller, a British trade magazine for publishers. Previous winners have included 2010’s “Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way”; the 2007 self-help book “If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs”; and the 2003 romance “The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories.”
See all the bookcovers at The Guardian Web site.
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