Saturday, May 16, 2009

The other other book prize

I am a huge fan of the annual Bookseller/Diagram prize for the oddest book title of the year and have blogged about it several times previously. Well, the results are in and here's 2009's worthy winner:

The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais

Fantastic. Here's the full story reprinted from The Bookseller magazine.

The annual award presented by The Bookseller magazine went to the book written by Professor Philip M. Parker and published by Icon Group International after an internet poll of six books. The winner received 32% of the vote.

Philip Stone, charts editor for The Bookseller, said that the book "is a fitting champion given that today's public are more aware of green issues than ever. It highlights an area that, perhaps, we are all guilty of ignoring as we push our trolleys down supermarket aisles".

The custodian of the prize and diarist for The Bookseller, Horace Bent, said: "Given that three times in the 21st century the public have crowned somewhat vulgar titles the winner ("High Performance Stiffened Structures", "Living with Crazy Buttocks" and, most recently, "If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs"), I assumed either "Strip and Knit with Style" or "Curbside Consultation of the Colon" would pick up the 2008 award. But I'm thrilled the public steered clear of smut and bestowed the 'odd title' prize on Professor Parker's worthy winner".

Although 'The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais' was a clear winner, the book is a controversial choice, as Professor Parker did not write the book, but instead used an automated authoring invention, which produces titles on the basis of internet and database searches.

Below are a full list of winners over previous years.

1978 - "Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice" by various authors.
1979 - "The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution" by Barbara Sherman Heyl.
1980 - "The Joy of Chickens" by Dennis Nolan.
1981 - "Last Chance at Love - Terminal Romances" by various authors.
1982 - "Population and Other Problems: Family Planning, Housing 1,000 million, Labour Employment" by various authors.
1983 - "The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling" by A. I. Tselikov, G. S. Nikitin and S. E. Rokotyan.
1984 - "The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History, and Its Role in the World Today" by Anne Wilson.
1985 - "Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts" by Donald L. Wilson.
1986 - "Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality" by Glenn C. Ellenbogen.
1987 - No award given.
1988 - "Versailles: The View From Sweden" by Elaine Dee and Guy Walton.
1989 - "How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art" by Kathleen Meyer.
1990 - "Lesbian Sadomasochism Safety Manual" by Pat Califia.
1991 - No award given.
1992 - "How to Avoid Huge Ships" by John W. Trimmer.
1993 - "American Bottom Archaeology" by Charles J. Bareis and James W. Porter.
1994 - "Highlights in the History of Concrete" by C. C. Stanley.
1995 - "Reusing Old Graves: A Report on Popular British Attitudes" by Douglas Davies and Alastair Shaw.
1996 - "Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers" by Derek Willan.
1997 - "The Joy of Sex, the Pocket Edition" by Alex Comfort.
1998 - "Developments in Dairy Cow Breeding: New Opportunities to Widen the Use of Straw" by Gareth Williams.
1999 - "Weeds in a Changing World: British Crop Protection Council Symposium Proceedings No. 64" by Charles H. Stirton.
2000 - "High Performance Stiffened Structures" by IMechE (The Institution of Mechanical Engineers).
2001 - "Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service" by Gerard Forlin.
2002 - "Living with Crazy Buttocks" by Kaz Cooke.
2003 - "The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories" by Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan.
2004 - "Bombproof Your Horse" by Rick Pelicano and Lauren Tjaden.
2005 - "People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It" by Gary Leon Hill.
2006 - "The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification" by Julian Montague.
2007 - "If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs" by Big Boom.

No comments: