On August 3, 2011, someone on Twitter started a hashtag that unleashed a veritable firestorm of creativity from people around the world trying to think of whacky new entries for book titles with a letter missing. All these tweets were consolidated under the hashtag #bookswithalettermissing. I present a selection for your pleasure…
stantonmichael Michael Stanton
The Da Vinci Cod: A tale of a great man’s fondness of seafood. #bookswithalettermissing
synopticalchart Synoptical Charts
The Holy Bile #bookswithalettermissing
pgnimmo paul nimmo
emccullough Elizabeth McCullough
Jurassic Ark — How dinosaurs survived the Great Flood. #bookswithalettermissing
#bookswithalettermissing Brave New Word by Aldous Huxley. Huxley’s satirical novel on the future of the dictionary
The Oy of Sex. A Jewish guide to lovemaking. #bookswithalettermissing
Life of I (my unexpurgated autobiography) #bookswithalettermissing
A Moveable East (Oriental Theory of Relativity) #bookswithalettermissing
CParkhurst1 Carolyn Parkhurst
Naive Son: Richard Wright’s protagonist remains blissfully unaware of the racism present in 1930s America. #bookswithalettermissing
KAKoehler Kim Koehler
Watership Dow The hare-raising story of the stock market.#bookswithalettermissing
Brilliant! RT @bartandlife Franz Fanon’s – White Ski Black Mask
The Enigma of a Rival #Bookswithalettermissing<Paul Theroux’s lost book…
But it was after I posted the preceding title on Facebook that the Trinis took over the competition, betraying Bolt-like capacities. There was no keeping up with them so I retired from the fray and left them to dream up the following list of priceless titles:
Judy Raymond Came up with a couple: the book that sums up Salman Rushdie’s entire oeuvre: Same
Jonathan Ali On the Naipaul theme: A Hose for Mr Biswas (gardening)
Judy Raymond The gothic novel about Heathcliff’s rowing ambitions: Wuthering Eights
Judy Raymond A novel about typographers: And then We Came to the En
Judy Raymond A culinary memoir by Margaret Atwood: The Year of the Food·
Jonathan Ali A French woman’s struggle with infertility: Madame Ovary
Annie Paul Jonathan saw that one too!
Judy Raymond Nick Hornby’s novel about a deadly new plague…Fever Itch
Judy Raymond Michael Holding’s memoir, War and Pace
Judy Raymond Lottery winner mysteriously disappears in Gone with the Win
Georgia Popplewell Argh – just as I was about to retire for the night. There’s also Nabokov’s Madison Avenue screed – Ad. ·
Georgia Popplewell And Faulkner’s scathing indictment of the mink industry – The Sound and the Fur.
Jonathan Ali What about Joyce’s novel about a teenage writer who has a baby? Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ma
Georgia Popplewell If you let me remove two letters, I’d recommend Graham Greene’s paean to Chinese fast food – The Pow and the Glory. (But I know that’s cheating).
Judy Raymond New World archaeological text: Ur Man in Havana
Jonathan Ali Bet you never read Greene’s novel about his mother’s trip to Cuba—Our Ma in Havana
Judy Raymond Or the one about the female Hannibal Lecter-style mass murderer, The Ma in the Iron Mask
Georgia Popplewell Orwell’s exposé on cut-rate safaris: Animal Far.
Judy Raymond Salad recipes from Wessex: The Mayo of Casterbridge
Judy Raymond To go with that Dickensian Jewish dish, Liver Twist
Jonathan Ali The tome about trying to escape a frenzied bird: Far from the Madding Crow ·
Georgia Popplewell New-age primer on maco-ciousness: Eat, Pry, Love.
Georgia Popplewell Susan Sarandon’s post-breakup tell-all: A Wrinkle in Tim.
Judy Raymond A memoir of a literary family, Reams from My Father
Georgia Popplewell Ralph Ellison on his mommy issues: Invisible Ma ·
Jonathan Ali searching exploration of the rise of consumerism in India: The God of Mall Things
Georgia Popplewell Guess now you’re going to mention Rohinton Mistry’s shark novel: A Fin Balance.
Georgia Popplewell Or maybe Amitav Ghosh’s harem exposé: The Lass Palace.
Georgia Popplewell Or that survey of intellectual property in the UK: The English Patent.
Judy Raymond Biography of a milliner, The World Is Hat It Is
Jonathan Ali Memoir of a biologist: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genus
Georgia Popplewell About a not very nice nobleman: The C*nt of Monte Cristo.
Georgia Popplewell (Pardon my French)
Jonathan Ali About environmentally conscious French soldiers: The Tree Musketeers
Judy Raymond Hemingway’s tale of farming in Kenya: The Sows of Kilimanjaro
Georgia Popplewell Mole, Ratty, Toad and Co. score big in Play-Whe: The Win in the Willows.
Jonathan Ali Huck settles down and opens a hotel: Huckleberry Inn
Georgia Popplewell A Haitian band hits the big time: The Golden Compas
Georgia Popplewell A bunch of chickens become foreign correspondents in Africa: Coop
Jonathan Ali A whaler named Richard is set upon by Greenpeace activists: Mob Dick ·
Judy Raymond Eating disorders on the rise among men: Jake’s Thin ·
Georgia Popplewell Again, lemme lop off two letters and I’ll give you the one about an epidemic of fever and chills in N. Africa: The Ague ·
Judy Raymond Naipaul’s dodgy autobiographical fragment, Half a Lie ·
Georgia Popplewell One woman’s fight to gain control over her partition of the family computer’s hard drive: A ROM of One’s Own ·
Judy Raymond And her struggle to rear an orphaned marsupial: A Roo of One’s Own ·
Judy Raymond Umberto Eco’s guide to caviar, The Name of the Roe ·
Georgia Popplewell Primer on local customs: Native So
Georgia Popplewell Inhabitants of Blue Mountain Peak score big in the local lottery: A High Win in Jamaica ·
Georgia Popplewell Celebrity parent who lavishes more attention on her fans than her offspring: The Autograph Ma ·
Jonathan Ali Man who can never tell the truth: Lord of the Lies
Jonathan Ali Tale of black community in Florida fixated by traffic lights: Their Eyes were Watching Go
Jonathan Ali Prince Andrew spends a year at Charles and Camilla’s: In the Castle of My Kin
Georgia Popplewell That hunk looked great in red: A Stud in Scarlet
Georgia Popplewell Woman’s cross-dressing sibling was really her mother after all: Brother Ma
Georgia Popplewell Somehow, the West Indies cricket team triumphs: The Win of Astonishment