Well, the latest short list for the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been published. We have, of course, reported on the Diagram Prize before. (We are still hiding from some women and the squids are still riled up.) Personally, we here at Blue Crab Boulevard are pulling for the dark horse candidate: Strip and Knit with Style.
The shortlist for the annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been unveiled by The Bookseller. Six titles, with subjects ranging from fromage frais to strip knitting, make up the shortlist for the hotly contested award, which is now in its 31st year.
Horace Bent, The Bookseller magazine’s legendary diarist and custodian of the prize, said: “Never have I found it so problematic to pick a shortlist of just six. At a time when the economic climate is forbidding and cost-cutting companies are ten-a-penny, I’m proud to report that the British publishing industry has remained as stubborn in the face of change as ever.”
Philip Stone, a sales analyst at The Bookseller, added: “We received a huge number of entries this year and the debate was furious as to which would be included on the shortlist. Six seems such a cruelly low number given titles such as Excrement in the Late Middle Ages and All Dogs Have ADHD were rejected.
That last title was rightfully rejected. There is no sign of ADHD from the Crabitat staff puppies when food is involved. Trust us. S\
So, go vote for your favorite (which really should be Strip and Knit with Style. We’re just saying). Tell ’em Blue Crab Boulevard sent you.