LONDON – “Too Naked for the Nazis,” the story of a music-hall act that outraged authorities in Hitler’s Germany, has won an award for the year’s oddest book title.
Organizers of the Diagram Prize said Friday that Alan Stafford’s cultural-history tome gained almost a quarter of votes cast, narrowly beating “Reading From Behind: A Cultural History Of The Anus.”
The prize, founded in 1978, is run by the British trade magazine The Bookseller and decided by online voting. Its rules say the books must be serious and their titles not merely a gimmick.
Other finalists this year included cult-film study “Transvestite Vampire Biker Nuns From Outer Space” and photo book “Soviet Bus Stops.”
Previous winners include “Bombproof Your Horse,” ”Living With Crazy Buttocks” and “Highlights in the History of Concrete.”