Book News – Nice title……Shame about the book…….?

diagramThe shortlist for one of the weirdest UK book prizes has just been announced .  The Diagram Prize (established 1978) awards the book considered to have the oddest title.  The final contenders for consideration this year are:

  • Divorcing A Real Witch: For Pagans And For People Who Used To Love Them – Diana Rajchel
  • The Madwoman In The Volvo: My Year Of Raging Hormones – Sandra Tsing Loh
  • The Ugly Wife Is A Treasure At Home – Melissa Margaret  Schneider
  • Nature’s Nether Regions – Menno Schilthuizen
  • Strangers Have The Best Candy – Margaret Meps Shulte
  • Where Do Camels Belong? – Ken Thompson
  • Advanced Pavement Research: Selected, Peer Reviewed Papers from the 3rd International Conference on Concrete Pavements Design, Construction, and Rehabilitation- (Ed) Bo Tien

It doesn’t seem to be such an outstanding list this year.  Perhaps authors are getting wise to the prize, which like, the Bad Sex in Fiction award could be considered a double-edged sword.  There’s nothing of the quality of “Goblin-Proofing Your Chicken Coop” and “The Big Book Of Lesbian Horse Stories”- two previous worthy winners.  This is an award decided on by the public.  Voting takes place until 27th March.  To vote visit  What do you reckon?  My moneys on Diana Rajchel for the top honours……..


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