Saturday 24 June 2017

Worm hunters in line for book prize

The shortlist for this year's Diagram Prize has been announced
The shortlist for this year's Diagram Prize has been announced

Worm hunters, lethal robots and Nazi spoons are in the running for the UK's quirkiest literary award, the Diagram Prize for year's oddest book title.

The six finalists are: "Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter"; "Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich"; "Governing Lethal Behaviour in Autonomous Robots"; "The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease"; and "What Kind of Bean is This Chihuahua?".

The shortlist, announced Friday, was narrowed down from 90 entries, including "The Origin of Feces" and "Bacon: A Love Story.".

The Diagram Prize was founded in 1978 and is run by trade magazine The Bookseller. The winner, decided by public vote, will be announced March 26.

Previous champions include "Bombproof Your Horse" and "Living With Crazy Buttocks".

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