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It's All In The Title - Gorillas & Chickens, etc.
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It's All In The Title
Pootle here.

Lots of interest amongst the MNW crowd regarding book titles at the moment. I thought I'd just mention the Diagram Prize, which is awarded annually to the strangest book title of the year.

Here's some of  the past winners:

1980 - The Joy of Chickens
1989 - How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Friendly Approach to a Lost Art
1992 - How to Avoid Huge Ships
1999 - Weeds in a Changing World
2000 - Designing High-Performance Stiffened Structures
2001 - Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service
2002 - Living with Crazy Buttocks
2003 - The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories
2004 - Bombproof Your Horse
2005 - How People Who Don't Know They Are Dead Attach Themselves to Innocent Bystanders
2006 - Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification

I'm looking forward to the shortlist for 2007.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Lord, I am slain. (Or is it 'slayed'?) "How People Who Don't Know They Are Dead Attach Themselves to Innocent Bystanders" seems well worth a look. Though, does it only address "How"? What about the "Why"?

And the "Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories"--well, I wish I'd heard about it before Christmas. I wasn't even aware that there were Lesbian Horses!

You really ought to drop a fingerpost over on the Group Blog pointing to this post. I think it would be enjoyed by all.

David I
pootle_and_rat From: pootle_and_rat Date: January 8th, 2008 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Will do, David!
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 8th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Can you get any of these books on Amazon?

These are class! I'll never worry about my titles again...

Matt

PS: Will be coming to the book launch on 28th Feb - see you then!
pootle_and_rat From: pootle_and_rat Date: January 9th, 2008 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Will be great to meet you!
From: the_connatic Date: January 8th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder whether "The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories" includes one about a bombproofed horse? I can well imagine that in today's intolerant world the lesbian horse may attract some animosity, but blowing them up seems an exaggerated response... Good to see those lesbian horses fighting back!

~Tim
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