Campbell pipped to bad sex gong

Rowan Somerville has scooped the Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction award, to the chagrin of fellow nominee Alastair Campbell.

The author picked up the prize for his second novel, The Shape of Her. It includes this gem of a line: ‘She released his hair from her fingers and twisted onto her belly like a fish flipping itself.’

Somerville said: ‘There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation, I thank you.’

Alastair Campbell was nominated for his novel, Maya, and predictably enough tried to put a positive spin on the prize, insisting he was desperate to win.

But the judges felt Campbell's bravado and enthusiasm for the prize was not in keeping with the award’s original purpose, and highlighted its aim: ‘to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel.’

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