Bad Sex Decided

UK cover for The Shape of Her

UK cover for The Shape of Her

Earlier we reported that Christos Tsiolkas was in the running for the the Literary Review’s Bad Sex Award for the worst piece of raunchy writing in a book in 2010. Sadly Melbourne’s own Tsiolkas was beaten out by second-time novelist Rowan Somerville for his book The Shape of Her according to the BBC.

In a ceremony at the appropriately named In & Out Club in London, Somerville expressed great gratitude for receiving the prize. “There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation, I thank you,” Somerville said.

But was it worthy of the award? A Guardian review called it “a novel halfway through becoming aware of its own deficiencies, frustrated by its early overdecoration”. The review highlights a passage “Max’s lovemaking is ‘like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin’” noting that “the absurdity does not appear to be intended”.

But perhaps they were being a little harsh at the Guardian? Decide for yourself with this passage that judges singled out: “She released his hair from her fingers and twisted onto her belly like a fish flipping itself.”

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