When I realised that sex was going to be the central part of my novel The Shape of Her , I was a little worried. I sensed that to examine this subject with any authenticity required a suspension of defences, and that to do so in this country is to ask for a kicking. When the book had been written and published, and I was told by an editor of the Literary Review, the magazine which runs the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, that I had won their annual prize, it felt like the closing of a circle. Not only had I committed the crime of writing a novel in which sex was central.
Its offices are on Lexington Street in Soho. The current editor is Nancy Sladek. The magazine reviews a wide range of published books, including fiction, history, politics, biography and travel, and additionally prints new fiction. It is also known for the annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award it has run since Each year since , Literary Review has presented the annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award to the author it deems to have produced the worst description of a sex scene in a novel. The award is symbolically presented in the form of what has been described as a "semi-abstract trophy representing sex in the s",  depicting a naked woman draped over an open book. The award was established by Rhoda Koenig, a literary critic, and Auberon Waugh, then the magazine's editor.
Author Rowan Somerville beats Alastair Campbell to Bad Sex in Fiction Award
This news: Rowan Somerville's novel The Shape of Her won the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award "for a scene in which a nipple is likened to the upturned 'nose of the loveliest nocturnal animal, sniffing in the night,'" Bloomberg reported. The author nabbed the U. Peanut by Adam Ross. As if that were possible, or good. Language is always pushing and pulling, flying off at the margins and getting pulled back at its center.
Beaten: Alastair Campbell missed out on the prize because of his 'public enthusiasm' for winning the dubious honour. Judges of the award said they were particularly impressed with the line: 'Like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her. Somerville, who was handed his prize by film director Michael Winner, said: 'What an honour to share a list with Jonathan Franzen and Christos Tsiolkas. A spokesman for the awards, founded in , said former spin doctor Campbell ruined his chances of being awarded the prize for his novel Maya because of his 'public enthusiasm' for winning such a dubious honour.