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Damp, wrinkly, virile: Here are this year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award nominees.

Jessie Gaynor

November 27, 2019, 10:51am

Now that High Book Award Season is coming to a close (right??), we can focus on the prize that really matters: Literary Review‘s Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Since 1993, the UK-based magazine has “honored the year’s most outstandingly awful scene of sexual description in an otherwise good novel.” Previous winners include Morrissey, James Frey, and Tom Wolfe.

This year’s nominees include Mary Costello, The River Capture; Didier Decoin, The Office of Gardens and Ponds; Didier Decoin, City of Girls; John Harvey, Pax; and Dominic Smith, The Electric Hotel. But if you’re disappointed that your novel about a young man learning about sexual pleasure from a woman who is beautiful but COMPLICATED isn’t on the list, don’t worry! The nominations are ongoing.

In the meantime, head over to Literary Review‘s Twitter, where they’re sharing damp, wrinkly, perfect, and out-of-context passages.

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Feel free to read them at your family members who complain that the libs are just too sensitive these days.

[via Literary Review]

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