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Greek posties beat dead people and huge ships

Proving (as if more proof were needed) that the proliferation of literary prizes is completely out of control, a book called Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers — which is sure to rocket up the bestseller lists — has won the prize for oddest book title of the last 30 years. From the CBC’s website:

The book topped a poll to find the weirdest-ever winner of Britain’s Diagram Prize for unusually monickered volumes.

It beat previous winners including Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice and How Green Were the Nazis? in an online vote.

The results were announced Friday by trade magazine The Bookseller, which organizes the competition.

The runner up was a book called People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead, which is not, as Quillblog first suspected, about the federal Liberals under Stéphane Dion, and third place went to How to Avoid Huge Ships.