The Literary Review is shortly to announce the winner of its annual Bad Sex award. The presentation will take place in December, but a shortlist of 12 title has already been drawn up and the 19th year of the awards looks set to be one of the finest.
The nominees come from Britain, the US, Hungary, Japan and Australia, and include such luminaries as Stephen King, Haruki Murakami and Jean Auel. Some of the literary world’s biggest names are up for the award, which some accept with resignation and others find rather humiliating.
Last year’s prize went to Rowan Somerville, who suggested that bad sex is something rather English. Other nominees for last year’s award included Jonathan Franzen and Alastair Campbell, so at least Somerville was in good company.