A history of sand dredging in the Bristol Channel, memoirs of a Hebden Bridge chicken sexer and Estonian sock patterns from around the world - it's my favourite blog post of the year - the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year is back!
The winner will be announced on 30th March. Here is the full fantastic shortlist:
A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two by Peter Gosson (Amberley).
Cooking with Poo by Saiyuud Diwong (Urban Neighbours of Hope). Thai cookbook. “Poo” is Thai for “crab” and is Diwong’s nickname.
Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World by Aino Praakli (Kirjastus Elmatar).
The Great Singapore Penis Panic: And the Future of American Mass Hysteria by Scott D Mendelson (Createspace).
Mr Andoh's Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh (Royd Press). The story of Koichi Andoh, who travelled from Japan to Yorkshire in the 1930s to train workers at a hatchery business the art of determining the sex of one-day-old chicks.
A Taxonomy of Office Chairs by Jonathan Olivares (Phaidon). Exhaustive overview of the evolution of the modern office chair.
The Mushroom in Christian Art by John A Rush (North Atlantic Books).