British Author Wins 2010 Bad Sex in Fiction Award

Here’s one literary award authors probably would rather not win—the Bad Sex in Fiction Award. According to The Guardian, this year’s winner (loser?) is British author Rowan Somerville for his book The Shape of Her. He won with this little gem: “Like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her.”

Upon accepting the award, Sommerville said, “There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation I would like to thank you.”

Awarded by Literary Review, a British periodical, the purpose of the Bad Sex in Fiction Award is to bring attention to “rude, tasteless, and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in contemporary novels, and to discourage it.”

Somerville beat fellow nominees Jonathan Franzen for Freedom, Christos Tsiolkas for The Slap, Annabel Lyon for The Golden Mean, Alastair Campbell for Maya, Neel Mukherjee for A Life Apart, Craig Raine for Heartbreak, and Adam Ross for Mr. Peanut.

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