Posted on 11/30/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

This year’s winner of the oddest book title was “a perfect Venn diagram of an ideal winner,” in the words of the prize coordinator.

Gregory Forth's A Dog Pissing at the Edge of a Path — an exploration of metaphor usage among the indigenous peoples of the islands of Flores and Timor — took 49 percent of the vote, reports the Guardian.

Its next closest contender was Introducing the Medieval Ass, which does not discuss human body parts but rather the donkey.

The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year is run by the Bookseller, with a reader poll serving as the judging panel.

Tom Tivnan, the prize coordinator and managing editor of the Bookseller, says the most common features among nominees are that they come from university presses and include animals and bodily functions — a characterization that fits A Dog Pissing at the Edge of a Path perfectly.

Read more about the other entries in the Guardian.

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