Every year, The Bookseller magazine runs “The Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year”. This year is the Prize’s thirtieth anniversary; to celebrate, they’re running a “Diagram of Diagrams” poll, asking the public to select the oddest of the odd titles that have won the prize over the years.
JRE voted for Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service – which, come to think of it, would make a great title for a John-Grisham-style thriller novel.
1992’s winner How to Avoid Huge Ships is doing pretty well at the moment, with 8% of the vote; 2006’s runaway winner The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification has 6%.
But the current leader by a mile is the gripping People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It (a book James Randi and Penn and Teller would no doubt have a field day with).