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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday Titillation

The winner of the Bad Sex in Fiction Award from Britain's Literary Review goes to:

Irish writer Rowan Somerville, who upon winning said,

'There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the nation, I thank you.'
I'll let you British readers comment on whether Mr. Somerville's analysis is correct.

His winning passages from his book The Shape of Her:
“Like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her.”
"... her nipple poking out, upturned like the nose of the loveliest nocturnal animal, sniffing the night."
Ah, romance!

The other nominees included:

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon

Maya by Alastair Campbell

A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee

Heartbreak by Craig Raine

Mr Peanut by Adam Ross

You can read some of the nominated passages here.


white rabbit said...

I'm saying nuffin. Amusingly, Tony Blair's memoir 'A Journey' was nominated for a toe curling passage about him ....

Oh never mind. It was too dreadful to think about.

But it was disqualified as the award is for works of fiction. Some cynics have suggested that his memoir was a work of fiction.

Alistair Campbell (as in nominee) is Blair's thuggish former press attache by the way.

wv: vionsts

white rabbit said...

Oh sorry, the New Yorker article says what I said about Blair. And even quotes the toe curling passage.

Catch Her in the Wry said...

rabbit: Didn't you previously write a post about Blair's memoir and that specific passage? I know you are particularly fond of him. ;-)