Friday, March 03, 2006

and the winner is...........

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. - Louisa May Alcott

It seems The Bookseller has awarded its annual Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year to:

How People Who Don't Know They're Dead Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It by Gary Leon Hill (Red Wheel/Weiser). Apparently, this book provides "an explanation of the inexplicable".

Others in the shortlist were:

  • Bullying and Sexual Harassment: A Practical Handbook by Tina Stephens and Jane Hallas (Chandos, out next month). The final chapter of this fine reference work appears to be titled: "Where does it all end?" Apt question.
  • Rhino Horn Stockpile Management: Minimum Standards and Best Practices from East and Southern Africa by Simon Milledge (Traffic East Asia). This handy £10 paperback sounds highly dubious.
  • Ancient Starch Research by Robin Torrence and Huw J Barton (Berg). Presumably, a brilliant analysis of the latest methodology in finding old household starch.
  • Soil Nailing: Best Practice Guidance by A Phear (Construction Industry Research & Information Association). A tricky subject to hammer down.
  • Nessus, Snort and Ethereal Powertools (Elsevier). "If you have Snort, Nessus and Ethereal up and running and now you're ready to torque these tools to their fullest potential, then this book is for you."

Books that narrowly missed out on the shortlist:

Urogenital Manipulation; Dining Posture in Ancient Rome; and Circumcisions By Appointment: A View of Life in and Around Manchester in the Eighteenth Century.

1 comment:

MaryB said...

I read about this! So funny. But I have to admit I kinda want to read about people who don't know they're dead and attach themselves to the living. Just in case, you know.

When's your stage debut, btw? I expect to see lots of pics on the blog!