Too Naked for the Nazis
Wilson, Keppel and Betty: Too Naked for the Nazis has won the Diagram Prize, awarded to the book of the year with the oddest title.
The Telegraph explains:
Too Naked for the Nazis tells the story of how the musical act of Jack Wilson, Joe Keppel and the American Betty Knox, infuriated the Nazi's propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, when they performed their famous Egyptian sand dance in Berlin before the war. The trio went on to inspire Morecambe and Wise and the Chuckle Brothers.
Mr Stafford said: “A good title not only tells the public what the book’s about, sometimes it tells the author too! Too Naked for the Nazis pinpoints the central event of my book—when a pair of comedy Egyptian sand dancers incurred the wrath of the Nazi high command by a blatant exposure of hairy legs. It was when the title started provoking more comment than the book that I began to appreciate its worth.