The Diagram Prize – or how to avoid being bored witless at the Frankfurt Book Fair

In case you were unaware, the The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year, originally known as the Diagram Group Prize for the Oddest Title at the Frankfurt Book Fair, commonly known as the Diagram Prize for short, was awarded last Friday.

The award is a humorous literary award that is given annually to the book with the oddest title. The prize is named after the Diagram Group, an information and graphics company based inLondon, and The Bookseller, a British trade magazine for the publishing industry. Originally organised to provide entertainment during the 1978 Frankfurt Book Fair, the prize has since been awarded every year by The Bookseller and is now organised by the magazine’s diarist Horace Bent. The winner was at first decided by a panel of judges, but since 2000 the winner has been decided by a public vote on The Bookseller’s website.

This year’s winner? 

Previous Diagram Winners:

1978 Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice
1979 The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution
1980 The Joy of Chickens
1981 Last Chance at Love – Terminal Romances
1982 Population and Other Problems: Family Planning, Housing 1,000 million, Labour Employment
1983 The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling
1984 The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History, and Its Role in the World Today
1985 Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts
1986 Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality
1987 No Award
1988 Versailles: The View From Sweden
1989 How to S–t in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
1990 Lesbian Sadomasochism Safety Manual
1991 No Award
1992 How to Avoid Huge Ships
1993 American Bottom Archaeology
1994 Highlights in the History of Concrete
1995 Reusing Old Graves: A Report on Popular British Attitudes
1996 Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers
1997 The Joy of Sex: Pocket Edition
1998 Developments in Dairy Cow Breeding: New Opportunities to Widen the Use of Straw
1999 Weeds in a Changing World: British Crop Protection Council Symposium Proceedings No. 64
2000 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: Teach Your Horse to Be Confident, Obedient, and Safe, No Matter What You Encounter.
2005 People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It
2006 The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification
2007 If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs
2008 The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais
2009 Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes
2010 Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way
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