Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice

The first ever winner of the Diagram Prize, which was established in 1978, for the oddest book title was Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice.

Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter, David Crompton’s musings on his career as a parasitologist, is emerging as early favorite to this year, landing a place on the shortlist.

Crompton’s competition for the annual Diagram award includes Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich, featuring spoons that “were once in the hands of the German history makers of the Third Reich era”, children’s book What Kind of Bean is this Chihuahua? and Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots.

The shortlist is completed by The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes. The latter is the bestselling book on this year’s shortlist, having sold 34 copies in the UK and 588 copies in the US, compared to zero for Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter, according to the Bookseller.

Sadly I Stopped Sucking My Thumb … Why Can’t You Stop Drinking? and many other wonderful submissions didn’t make the cut.

The winner will be decided by public vote at www.thebookseller.com, and announced on 26 March.

But we’d still like to read about the Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice, if anyone has a spare copy.  And if you happen to have a copy of the Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Nude Mice too, send it along.

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