The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-miligram Containers of Fromage Frais has won the 2008 Diagram Prize which, as you will remember from previous posts, is for the oddest book title for the year as voted by readers of The Bookseller (and me – did anyone else place a vote?).
The author, Philip M. Parker is INSEAD (Institut européen d’administration des affaires) Chair Professorship of Management Science at Fontainbleau in France. Although dyslexic, according to one source Prof. Parker has written over 200,000 books (maybe they mean publications – journal articles, etc.) which he does with the aid of his own patented invention that automatically produces books from a template which is filled with data from database and internet searches.
This method of ‘writing’ has caused this year’s winner to be a controversial one.
As for the other titles Baboon Metaphysics came second, Curbside Consultation of the Colon came third, The Large Sieve and its Applications was fourth, Strip and Knit with Style was fifth and Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring last.
If you are curious about the content of The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-miligram Containers of Fromage Frais, or would like to order a copy you can go and take a look here.