This is one of my favourite literary prizes. The Bookseller’s annual Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year award is self explanatory. This year it has drawn a record number of submissions (with a corresponding record number of rejected titles) forcing custodian Horace Bent to issue a “Very Longlist” for the very first time. Mr Bent, who blamed Twitter for the rise in suggestions, had 90 submissions this year compared with 32 last year.
A panel of judges, chaired by Horace Bent, will announce the shortlist on 19th February. The public will then be able to vote for their favourite from the shortlist and the title with the most votes by the time voting closes on 21st March will be crowned the winner. The winner will be officially revealed on Friday 26th March. No hanging about with this prize.
So here is the Very Long List:
100 Girls on Cheap Paper
A Tortilla is Like Life
Advances in Potato Chemistry and Technology
Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter
An Intellectual History of Cannibalism
Bacon: A Love Story
Baptist Autographs in the John Rylands UniversityLibrary of Manchester 1741-1845
Bondage for Beginners
Briefs for the Reading Room
Budgeting for Infertility
Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich
Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes
Curbside Consultation in Cornea and External Disease
Cute Yummy Time
Dental Management of Sleep Disorders
Father Christmas Needs a Wee
Fluffy Little Kitten in Fluffy’s Brother
Food Digestion and Thermal Preference of Toad
Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots
How YOU Are Like Shampoo: For Job Seekers
I Stopped Sucking My Thumb…Why Can’t You Stop Drinking?
I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears
Is the Rectum a Grave?
Jokes by the Not So Famous Redneck
Map-based Comparative Genomics in Legumes
Mickey Mouse, Hitler and Nazi Germany
My Hare Line Meets the Brown Rabbit
Obama Guilty of Being President While Black
Peek-a-poo: What’s in Your Diaper?
Planet Asthma: Art and Acitivty Book
Plug-in Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington?
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Bean Conference
Schoolgirl Milky Crisis
Soft Drink & Fruit Juice Problems Solved
Ten Stupid Things ThatKeep Churches from Growing
The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The First Home-Built Aeroplanes
The Great Dog Bottom Swap
The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin
The Origin of Faeces
The Quotable Douchebag
The True History of Tea
The Wild World of Girly Men and Masculine Women – And Why Americans Suffer from So Many Other Idiotic Syndromes!
Venus Does Adonis While Apollo Shags a Tree
What Horses Do For Us
What Kind of Bean is this Chihuahua?
Anyway, read this item by Horace Bent
None of them are familiar but if you feel one or more would be a useful addition to the Blue Mountains library collection just ask a friendly staff member for a Purchase Suggestion form.