One of The Bookseller‘s latest articles about odd book titles has caught my eye. It got me thinking about Jonasson’s latest bestselling novel The Hundred Year Old Man who Jumped Out of the Window and Disappeared and how the reason I even downloaded it to read was its title. I also wrote a book review for Female First.
Six titles have been picked to be the Diagram Prize’s Oddest Book Title of the Year award. My favourites were: How to Sharpen Pencils by David Rees (Melville House), Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop by Reginald Bakeley (Conari) and How Tea Cosies Changed the World by Loani Prior (Murdoch) – as an avid tea drinker I could not leave this one out!
It is true what Philip Stone, the co-ordinator for Diagram Prize, said that ‘publishers and booksellers know only too well that a title can make all the difference to the sales of a book’ and calling book titles ‘undervalued art’. An odd book title will make people stop and go back and that is what a good book needs to do. It is not just Fiction books which have the odd titles though, this children’s book title did make me do a double take:
I have not got children but this is definitely a book I would read to them for fun. (The authors are also from one of my favourite bands too!)