Is Superman Circumcised? favourite to win Oddest book title of the year

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An introspection of the Jewish origins of the Man of Steel, Is Superman Circumcised?, is vying with an up-to-date look astatine camel beverage and related camel goods, Handbook of Research connected Health and Environmental Benefits of Camel Products, for the dubious honour of the oddest publication rubric of the year.

The prize was dreamed up successful 1978 by the co-founders of The Diagram Group, to walk the clip astatine the yearly Frankfurt publication fair. The inaugural grant went to Proceedings of the Second International Workshop connected Nude Mice, with winners successful consequent years ranging from Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers, to How to Avoid Huge Ships.

Six books are successful the moving for the 43rd prize, nominated by members of the publication trade, with Curves for the Mathematically Curious up against Hats: A Very Unnatural History, The Life Cycle of Russian Things: From Fish Guts to Fabergé, and Miss, I Don’t Give a Shit: Engaging with Challenging Behaviour successful Schools.

Tom Tivnan, the Bookseller’s managing exertion and the prize’s co-ordinator, praised the academics who person written each six of the books successful the moving for the award.

“The erotic undertones of Curves for the Mathematically Curious is simply a bully illustration – emphasised by Princeton University Press’s selling transcript which is rather frankly the horniest maths publication blurb ever written: ‘A rigorous and enriching acquisition for anyone funny successful curves … Every curve has a communicative worthy telling.’ Goodness, is it blistery successful here, oregon is it conscionable your Euler spiral and parametric equations?” said Tivnan.

“However, I was taken aback erstwhile Miss, I Don’t Give a Shit was submitted. My archetypal thought was ‘I cognize children are antithetic these days, but the Roger Hargreaves books person truly taken a darker turn.’ Turns out, it’s not the latest Little Miss book, but a teacher’s usher to engaging with hard students.”

But Tivnan predicted that Is Superman Circumcised? was apt to beryllium a frontrunner for this year’s prize. “Diagram voters person agelong had a sometimes lamentable predilection for titles that refer, adjacent obliquely, to naughty bits. I’m reasoning of Charles L Dobbins’s 2019-winning self-published trapping guide, The Dirt Hole and Its Variations, and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ Designing High Performance Stiffened Structures which roseate to the juncture to triumph the prize successful 2000,” helium said.

The victor volition beryllium chosen by a nationalist ballot connected the Bookseller’s website, and announced connected 3 December. The nominator of the winning introduction receives a “passable” vessel of claret, but writer and steadfast person thing but glory.