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The Bookseller magazine has announced the winner in its Oddest Book Title competition, and it’s the self-help manual If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs, which, um, walked away with a third of the votes.
As discussed earlier on this blog, there were several great candidates for the prize. My vote went for the classic Cheese Problems Solved, because it’s a weirdly obscure title but doesn’t seem to be trying to hard, you know? (Also, I’ve never specifically had what you might call a “cheese problem,” but if one cropped up, I’d definitely want a solution to it.) And I admit to having a real fondness for the contest’s runner-up title, I Was Tortured by the Pygmy Love Queen, by Jasper McCutcheon, and not just because the title has brought me a lot of Google traffic. There is perhaps no more evocative phrase in English than “pygmy love queen.” Attach it to a book of fictional World War II erotica — which this one happens to be — and you’re golden.
Anyway, congrats to the pseudonymous (I hope) author Big Boom for winning the prize.