Book on sharpening pencils up for oddest title award

A guide to sharpening pencils and a craft manual about how tea cosies changed the world are among a shortlist of books vying to be win the Oddest Book Title of the Year award.

A book on sharpening pencils is up for the Oddest Book Title of the Year award. Credit: REUTERS

The shortlist in the 35th annual Diagram Prize run by Bookseller includes, God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis, How Tea Cosies Changed the World, How to Sharpen Pencils and Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts.

Last year's winner was Cooking with Poo, a Thai cookbook by Bangkok resident Saiyuud Diwong - whose nickname is Poo.

The winner will be decided by an online public vote and is due to be announced on March 22.