An Irish author has been awarded the Bad Sex in Fiction prize.
Rowan Somerville won for his novel, The Shape of Her.
“Like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her,” was one of the passages in the book that helped Somerville win the award Monday night.
He beat out Canadian Annabel Lyon. The B.C. author was nominated for her book, The Golden Mean. On her blog, Lyon said she was “deeply honoured” by the nomination.
In accepting his award, Somerville said he was glad to join the likes of Tom Wolfe, A.A. Gill and last year’s winner, Jonathan Littell.
“There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation I would like to thank you,” he told the crowd in London, Bloomberg reported.
British journal Literary Review has been handing out the prize since 1993. I would like to see a list of past winners so I can avoid their books!!