I’m not a great fan of this time of year. OK, the days are visibly lengthening (which is good), but it is still cold and dark and grey in London, with a generous side-order of rain just to make things that much cheerier. I really can’t be doing with this lack of sunshine, it leaves me distinctly grumpy.
But there is one annual event which happens every February that never fails to make me smile, and that is the announcement of the Diagram Prize shortlist. For those who have never encountered the joys of the Diagram, it’s an unusual literary prize – awarded annually by The Bookseller magazine since 1978, it rather wonderfully celebrates the book with the oddest title of the year.
As I blogged about the Diagram in great detail last year, I’ll just leave you with the shortlist for the 2010 prize to ponder this time – and I can assure you that they are all very definitely odd indeed:
8th International Friction Stir Welding Symposium Proceedings – Various authors (TWI)
The Generosity of the Dead – Graciela Nowenstein (Ashgate)
The Italian’s One-night Love Child – Cathy Williams (Mills & Boon)
Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way – Michael R Young (Radcliffe)
Myth of the Social Volcano – Martin King Whyte (Stanford University Press)
What Color Is Your Dog? – Joel Silverman (Kennel Club)
My personal favourite? Without question, it has to be Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way of course.… Can you imagine?
You can vote for your favourite odd title from the shortlist at The Bookseller’s website – the results will be announced on 25th March 2011.