A lot hap­pened in 2017 – and some of it was rather bizarre. Here’s an ex­tract from a new book that de­tails this year’s weird­est sto­ries

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DID you hear about the for­tune - cooki e writer who had to re­tire be­cause he had writer’s block? Or the king who has spent the past cou­ple of years moon­light­ing as an air­line pi­lot? And do you know that Spain now has a min­is­ter of sex, whose job is to en­cour­age the pop­u­la­tion to pro­cre­ate?

A fas­ci­nat­ing new an­thol­ogy – The Book of the Year: The Weirder Side of 2017 – looks back on the odd­est sto­ries that made news head­lines this year.

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