The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for 'Oddest Title of the Year', commonly known as the Diagram Prize for short is calling on the public to cast their vote for the absurdest book title by March 20. The shortlist includes 7 books and the winner will be announced on March 27. There is no prize for the winning title, but the person who nominated the book to the Diagram committee will receive the traditional "passable bottle of claret".
Among the more controversial titles is one entitled 'The Ugly Wife is a Treasure at Home' by Melissa Margaret Schneider which sheds light on 'the state of love and relationships in Communist China through the personal memories of those who endured the Cultural Revolution and the generations that followed'. Another is a research into the evolution of genitals in which the author, Menno Schilthuizen, 'joyfully demonstrates that by learning about the private parts of animals the more humans can learn about their unique place in the diversity of life'. The prize was open to self-published authors for the first time in its 37-year history.
The Diagram Prize shortlist: