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?

6 thoughts on “Titular weirdness

  1. Helen 25 February 2009 / 3:20 pm

    We could run a competition to see if people can guess what some weirdly titled books are actually about. I’m currently reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics, for example. Any guesses? No cheating! We’d be looking for creative answers not google or catalogue answers.

  2. Mo-mo 25 February 2009 / 3:54 pm

    Oooh, well that particular title would be the autobiography of a Mastermind competitor who is always having accidents…obviously.


  3. Helen 26 February 2009 / 12:16 pm

    Yeah, and that book about the world outlook for fromage frais has to be Monty Python.

  4. bronnypop 27 February 2009 / 4:24 pm

    Just had to say, Helen, I read and LOVED Special Topics in Calamity Physics. Despite that pesky title.

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