As I wrote yesterday, I still have some catching up to do, which is why I’m a week late with the winner of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year: If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs.
The self-help manual, by an American writer called Big Boom, won 2,870 votes (33%) since the shortlist was announced on 22nd February. The runner-up is I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen (20%) and in 3rd place is Cheese Problems Solved (19%).
Not bad, but I prefer some of the past winners (“‘Closure’ wins oddest book award,” Reuters):
The annual competition was launched in 1978 at the Frankfurt Book Fair when it was won by the memorably titled “Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice”.
Since then, with the exceptions of 1987 and 1991 when no award was granted due, according to Rickett, to a lack of oddness, the weird and wonderful titles have flowed thick and fast with some eyebrow raising winners.
“Joy of Chickens” took the 1980 title, with “The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling” in 1983, “Lesbian Sadomasochism Safety Manual” in 1990, “Living with Crazy Buttocks” in 2002 and “Bombproof Your Horse” in 2004 are but a sample.
However, the 1997 winner “Joy of Sex: Pocket Edition” does stand out among the glittering array, and in September this year the public will be asked to vote for the oddest of all the winners.