Titular weirdness

Could this be the most strangely titled book published in Britain in 2008?
Could this be the most strangely titled book published in Britain in 2008?

You’ve got to give it to the British, they do excel in the area of naming oddities.  Poor folks by the name of Winterbottom, towns with names like Felldownhead and Giggleswick and the like, it’s all highly amusing.  So why should it be any different when it comes to book titles?

Bookseller magazine has just announced their shortlist for strangest book titles published in Britain in the previous year.  The six shortlisted titles are –

  • Baboon metaphysics
  • Curbside Consultation of the Colon
  • The Large Sieve and its Applications
  • Strip and Knit with Style
  • Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring
  • The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais

I have to admit that compared with some of the crazy titles picked out by Joycie and Donna (more here) in earlier posts, I don’t really find these to be standout examples (though for the life of me I’m having trouble coming to grips with that last one).  Maybe my “strangeness meter” is just set higher than most people’s, who knows?

Anyway, a winner will be announced on 27 March and will be decided by internet voting.  To vote for your favourite go to Bookseller Magazine’s website.  For more on this year’s competition read the story in The Telegraph.

Any suggestions of weird but wonderful titles that you’ve come across?