Every year the senior editor of the Literary Review organizes the Bad Sex Awards. The winner is announced at a lavish ceremony in London and "it is considered a badge of courage for the authors to attend and receive it in person."
The bad sex award was established "to draw attention to the crude and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel-and to discourage it."
A notable absentee this year was James' FIFTY SHADES trilogy. The reason being that the prize excludes pornography and explicit literature..and enough already!
Many nominations poured in for THE CASUAL VACANCY by JK Rowling, but it was decided that she failed to meet the criteria despite a "couple of queasy moments."
Notice that Tom Wolfe has been nominated for a second time along with a few other repeat offenders.
THE SHORTLIST FOR THE 2012 BAD SEX AWARDS
The Yips by Nicola Blake
The Adventuress by Nicholas Blake
Infrared by Nancy Huston
Rare Earth by Paul Mason
Noughties by Ben Masters
The Quiddity of Will Self by Sam Mills
The Divine Comedy by Craig Raine
Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
If you've read anything cringe-worthy, leave a comment or email me. Have you even heard of these books?
Here's some memorable quotes.....
"We got up from the chair and she led me to her elfin grot" (Noughties by Ben Masters)
"She smells of almonds, like a plump pudding and he is the spoon."
(The Yips by Nicola Barker)