Titillating titles: Judge a book by its cover
Which sounds better? A photographic book of Sovietera bus stops, or one about transvestite biker nuns?
Don’t worry if neither of these appeals to you – there are a few more books out there about the weirdest subjects and with the strangest titles.
For the past 40 years, The Bookseller has been giving prizes to the books with the oddest titles.
Winners over the past few years have included Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers (1996), The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories (2003) and last year’s winner, Strangers Have the Best Candy. The finalists for this year’s award are:
Behind the Binoculars: Interviews with acclaimed birdwatchers by Mark Avery and Keith Betton;
Paper Folding with Children by Alice Hörnecke, translated by Anna Cardwell;
Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus by Jonathan Allan;
Reading the Liver: Papyrological Texts on Ancient Greek Extispicy by William Furley and Victor Gysembergh; Soviet Bus Stops by Christopher Herwig; Too Naked for the Nazis by Alan Stafford; and Transvestite Vampire Biker Nuns from Outer Space: A Consideration of Cult Film by Mark KirwanHayhoe.
The short list is now open to a public vote. The winner will be announced on March 18.