This year's shortlist of six books, contains two books about poo. This is the level we're working at here, people. The only other time I've been aware of seeing more than a couple of articles about The Diagram Prize was two years ago when it was won by a book called Cooking With Poo. Are you spotting a trend? (In the interest of fairness I should point out that Cooking with Poo is a recipe book written by a chef from Thailand whose nickname is 'Poo' - Thai for 'crab').
Despite the obsession with toilet humour on the shortlist, it does make for intriguing reading. The full list for this year is:
- Working Class Cats: The Bodega Cats of New York City
- Are Trout South African?
- How to Poo on a Date
- Pie-ography: When Pie Meets Biography
- How to Pray When You're Pissed at God
- The Origin of Feces
You can vote for your favourite title until 16th March, with the results announced on 21st. Previous winners include: Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop; Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers; Managing a Dental Pracitce the Genghis Khan Way; and Living With Crazy Buttocks. All of which sound perfectly splendid, not to say immensely useful to most of us at one time or another.
Which of this year's shortlist would you vote for?