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How to Poo on a Date: The oddest book titles of the year revealed

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How to Poo on a Date, Working Class Cats and Are Trout South African? are among the books nominated for Digital Spy's favourite book award of the year, the Diagram Prize.

The annual event, which was invented in 1978, celebrates the art of title making and has previously been awarded to Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice, How to Avoid Huge Ships and Cooking with Poo.



This year's shortlist for the prize is:
Working Class Cats: The Bodega Cats of New York City by Chris Balsiger and Erin Canning (SCB Distributed Publishers)
Are Trout South African? by Duncan Brown (Picador South Africa)
How to Poo on a Date by Mats & Enzo (Prion Books)
Pie-ography: Where Pie Meets Biography by Jo Packham (Quarry)
How to Pray When You're Pissed at God by Ian Punnett (Harmony)
The Origin of Feces by David Walter-Toews (ECW)

The Bookseller and Horace Bent, the magazine's diarist are in charge of the award, which celebrates judging books superficially on their covers.

"It is a truly inspiring list celebrating the art of title-making that goes from the sublime to the fantastic," said Bent.

"It runs the gamut from a book with a Darwinian pun and a very liberal sprinkling of the S-bomb within its pages, to a title that hints at the heretofore unreported class struggle amongst the moggies of the Big Apple."

Trevor Bounford invented the prize in 1978 as a way of curing his boredom at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair.

A public vote on The Bookseller's We Love This Book site will select the winner, which will be announced on March 21.

The 2013 prize went to to Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop.

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