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Shortlist for the ‘Strangest Book Title of the Year’ Announced

The shortlist for the unique Diagram Prize – the prize awarded each year book with the strangest title – has been announced for 2013.

The titles in the running are:

Was Hitler Ill?
by Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle (Polity Press)
A historian and professor of medicine analyse whether the Führer was fully responsible for his crimes.




Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts
by Jerry Gagne (Foy’s Pet Supplies)
Pigeon fancier’s professional guide to pigeon housing.



God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis
by Tom Hickman (Square Peg)
Analysis of the schizophrenic, up-and-down relationship between man and his manhood.




How Tea Cosies Changed the World

by Loani Prior (Murdoch)
Comprehensive and inspirational guide to the humble tea cosy.



How to Sharpen Pencils
by David Rees (Melville House)
The art of achieving the perfect point.



Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop
by Reginald Bakeley (Conari)
How to identify, track, defend and destroy bothersome members of the fairy realm.



The Diagram Prize was originally organised to provide entertainment during the 1978 Frankfurt Book Fair.  The winner was initially decided by a panel of judges, but since 2000 the winner has been decided by a public vote. You can vote for the 2013 winner by visiting the We Love This Book website.


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