A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka - what? Yes, that's what I thought. Taking that at face value you'd have to assume it would have a niche market, but on reading the blurb it went straight in my shopping basket. But it was the title that drew me in, see?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon is another odd title which I discovered I had to have. Doesn't scream at you it's about an autistic boy, but it turned out to be and I am a better person for having read it. I dare say Mark Haddon's a few pounds richer too, as it meant my Other Half bought his next book too. As I must add I did with Ms Lewycka - Two Caravans (although I haven't got as far as reading it yet)
Most recently The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Hard not to miss that title, although you'd think it wouldn't take a rocket scientist to work out what it was about. But you'd be wrong. A tale spanning several decades, and featuring Mao Tse Tung, several American presidents and Churchill as well as some very unsavoury characters with a several ton surprise to boot. OK, it didn't hurt that it only cost 20p at the time, but now it's £2.99 on Amazon and is at #53 in the chart, plus it has almost 6000 reviews! I would be surprised if many didn't buy it simply because of the title.
On a trip to Washington two years ago, I browsed (rather tiddled I have to add) some of its fine bookshops in a very upmarket area (I was looking for a restaurant at the time). I came across a book called The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry. On writing this post, I realised I have no idea if she has any other books and I've just checked Amazon and discovered one called The Gourmet - wow - am I happy (for one who loves their food and their books - straight onto my Goodreads wishlist) . The hedgehog turned out to be metaphorical, but it truly was a wonderful book and I would never have bought it if I hadn't imbibed slightly too much on my trip to DC.
Finally, as I haven't actually downloaded it yet, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher. I'm going to, though, as it's such a great title. I have no idea what it's about, but the title alone has made my mind up for me.
Well, those are my weird and wonderful titles. What books made you buy them or consider buying them due to their unusual names?
Would love to hear from you. Tune in tomorrow for my book review of newly released Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr