Diagram Prize celebrates the oddest book titles in the world

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 February, 2014, 10:41pm
UPDATED : Friday, 21 February, 2014, 10:41pm

Books about cats, excrement and trout are among the contenders for the Oddest Book Title of the Year award in Britain.

Working Class Cats, The Origin of Feces and How to Poo on a Date (giving advice on toilet etiquette during romantic encounters), are three of six books shortlisted for the 2014 Diagram Prize.

The other books in the contest are How to Pray When You're Pissed at God, Are Trout South African? and Pie-ography: Where Pie Meets Biography.Tom Tivnan, who runs the award for book industry magazine and website The Bookseller, said the award highlighted the importance of an eye-catching title.

"This year's shortlist reveals once again that more than other literary awards -which superficially judge books on the content between the covers -the Diagram Prize taps into the zeitgeist," he said. " Working Class Cats will appeal to the great mass of people who spend their days watching cat videos on the internet when pretending to work."

Founded in 1978, the award was first given to Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice. Winners include Cooking with Poo, a Thai cookbook by a Bangkok resident whose nickname is Poo, and last year's Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop.

The winner will be announced on March 21.



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