Oddest book title of the year award
A guide to the different types of abandoned shopping trolleys has won the Diagram Prize for oddest book title of the year, following an online vote for industry publication The Bookseller.
‘The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification’ by Julian Montague secured 1,866 out of a total of more than 5,500 votes from a six-strong short-list.
In second place was ‘Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan’ with 1,365 votes; third was ‘Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence’ with 685 votes. In a statement announcing the winner, The Bookseller said: ‘Stray Shopping Carts’ joins a noble pantheon of Diagram winners, perhaps closest in spirit to those rural guides ‘How To Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art’ (1989) and ‘Weeds in a Changing World’ (1999)”.
Horace Bent, diarist at The Bookseller, added: “In the fine tradition of the prize ‘going on title alone’ I have not yet read my copy of Montague’s tome.” afp