Tit­il­lat­ing ti­tles: Judge a book by its cover

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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.

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