The shortlist for the Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2010 has been announced by the Literary Review and includes some of the year's most notable novels.
Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas are among the eight works nominated for the tongue-in-cheek prize, which is now in its 18th year.
Maya by Alastair Campbell, Annabel Lyon's The Golden Mean and A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee have also been included on the shortlist.
Craig Raine's Heartbreak, The Shape of Her by Rowan Somerville and Adam Ross' Mr Peanut complete the finalists, with the winner set to be announced on November 29th.
The Literary Review founded the prize to 'draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel and to discourage it'.
Last year, Jonathan Littell won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award for The Kindly Ones. Previous winners include Sebastian Faulks, AA Gill, Melvyn Bragg and Tom Wolfe.
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