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Rowan Somerville takes Bad Sex in Fiction Award

30th November 2010

Rowan Somerville has become the latest recipient of one of the UK's least desired literary prizes - the Bad Sex in Fiction Award.

The Literary Review, which established the annual prize in 1993, chose Somerville as this year's winner for his second novel The Shape of Her.

Judges for the award said their decision was heavily based on a passage in the book that compares lovemaking to a lepidopterist pushing a pin into a 'tough-skinned insect'.

Accepting the prize, Somerville quipped: 'There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation I would like to thank you.'

Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas, Alastair Campbell's Maya and Heartbreak by Craig Raine were among the works shortlisted for the prize, which was founded to discourage 'redundant' sexual passages in novels.

Other authors breathing a sigh of relief at not winning the award include Annabel Lyon, who was nominated for The Golden Mean, Neel Mukherjee with A Life Apart and Adam Ross for Mr Peanut.

Somerville follows Jonathan Littell, who won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award last year with The Kindly Ones.
 

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