Oddest Book Title of the Year

The shortlist for the Diagram Prize has been announced and you can cast your vote by going to The Bookseller’s website.

A guide to Estonian socks, an examination of the role of the fungus in Christian art, and a celebration of the humble office chair are among the books in contention for the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year—the prestigious literary award run by The Bookseller since 1978.

A total of 64 books were submitted for the latest instalment of the prize, which celebrates the very best in books with odd titles published around the world last year (2011). Judges from both The Bookseller and its sister consumer magazine, We Love This Book, whittled down the original submissions to a shortlist of seven. This is one more than the traditional six, in recognition of the high standard of oddity witnessed in publishing last year.

To see pictures of all the books, look at The Guardian.

2011′s Best Sellers

2011′s bestselling books (list taken from The Bookseller)

  1. David Nicholls’ One Day (Hodder) 756,000
  2. Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s 30-minute Meals (Michael Joseph) 453,000
  3. Emma Donoghue’s Room (Pan) 387,000
  4. Dawn French’s A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Penguin) 349,000
  5. John Grisham’s The Confession (Arrow) 318,000
  6. Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Quercus) 286,000
  7. Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (Quercus) 274,000
  8. Marian Keyes’s The Brightest Star in the Sky (Penguin) 271,000
  9. Kate McCann’s Madeleine (Bantam Press) 266,000
  10. Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played with Fire (Quercus) 260,000

Apparently, figure are down a little on 2010, probably because of e-book sales, although, as you might expect, children’s book sales are holding up well as is hardback non-fiction.

And the winner is……

‘A book advising dentists to manage their practices according to the leadership techniques of a legendary Mongolian warlord has been voted the winner of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way by Michael R Young (Radcliffe Publishing) was crowned the winner with the majority share of an online vote at thebookseller.com. It joins an illustrious list of former winners including Living with Crazy Buttocks, Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers, How to Avoid Huge Ships, and Highlights in the History of Concrete.

Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way is the go-to guide of how to build an empire within your place of dentistry. Young, a former dentist and teacher of clinical dentistry, argues that despite the West viewing the legendary despot Khan in negative terms, his warmongering tenacity is required to build a successful business. The book covers a wide number of subject areas, including: “Team building”, “Managing conflict situations” and “Planning for disaster”.

Horace Bent, The Bookseller’s diarist and custodian of the Diagram Prize said: “In the end, it wasn’t even close. Much like the tyrant himself, Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way ruthlessly slaughtered the opposition, and scored twice as many votes as the runner-up, 8th International Friction Stir Welding Symposium Proceedings. But all is not lost for the friction stir welders of the world—the 9th Symposium is but a year away”.’

(The Bookseller 25 March 2011)