Sep 6, 2008

Fun - Greek postmen win oddest book title

LONDON: 'Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers' benefited from a late surge in public support to win the title of oddest book title of the past 30 years, the Bookseller magazine said. The book, which is a comprehensive record of Greek postal routes by Derek Willan, grabbed 13% of the 1,000 international public votes cast to chose the oddest title from the winners of the annual competition that began in 1978. It beat 'People Who Don't Know They're Dead' and 'How To Avoid Huge Ships' into second and third places with 11 and 10% votes respectively. "The posties pulled off a real shock here. The pre-tournament favorite was the prize's first ever recipient - 'Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice,' said Horace Bent, custodian of the annual Diagram prize. "Right from the off, it was Gary Leon Hill's 'People Who Don't Know They're Dead' that set the pace. It topped the polls for over three weeks," he added. Another early favorite 'How To Bombproof Your Horse' also failed to feature in the final count. The prize was dreamed up initially at the 1978 Frankfurt Book Fair as a way of avoiding boredom. It has since become an annual star. This year's winner was 'If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs.'

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