World’s oddest book title award

The annual prize for the oddest book title has been won by the splendidly eccentric Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes, by Dr Daina Taimina. Last year’s winner was The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais.

The Diagram prize has been awarded annually by The Bookseller magazine since 1978. Horace Bent, the magazine’s diarist, who administers it, said: “I think what won it for the book is that, very simply, the title is completely bonkers. On the one hand you have the typically feminine, gentle and woolly world of needlework and, on the other, the exciting but incredibly unwoolly world of hyperbolic geometry and negative curvature.”


Thirty years of odd titles

Some of my favourites from previous Diagram prize shortlists:

The Anger of Aubergines by Bulbul Sharma
Bombproof Your Horse by Sgt. Rick Pelicano
Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley
Living with Crazy Buttocks by Kaz Cooke
Fancy Coffins to Make Yourself by Dale Power
Highlights in the History of Concrete by Christopher C. Stanley
Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan by Robert Chenciner, Gabib Ismailov & Magomedkhan Magomedkhanov
Baboon Metaphysics by Dorothy Dorothy L Cheney and Robert M Seyfarth

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