Book on Greek Postmen Wins Weird Title Prize

Beats out People Who Don't Know They're Dead
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2008 7:45 PM CDT
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(Newser) Greek Rural Postmen and their Cancellations is the weirdest book title of the past 30 years, according to The Bookseller magazine, which awarded the 72-page tome—a record of Greece’s postal routes—its coveted prize for weirdest title. The postmen narrowly beat out People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It and How to Avoid Huge Ships.

“I think the voters wanted a feelgood story about rural postmen,” said Bookseller’s charts editor, “because of all the news of post offices closing.” So far, he has been unable to reach the book's author with the news. “There's no prize but the boost in sales is surely prize enough,” he said. Sales rose 1,000% after Postmen hit the magazine’s shortlist—from one copy in the 2 weeks before to 10 after.