It is that time of the year again, and the Literary Review has announced its nominees for the Bad Sex award, given out to those authors who foolishly include “unconvincing, perfunctory, embarrassing or redundant passages of a sexual nature in otherwise sound literary novels” (the latter part of which is actually rather a compliment, albeit a backhanded one).
This year’s list includes a couple of Bookkake’s favourite novels from the past 12 months, including Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones (“I came suddenly, a jolt that emptied my head like a spoon scraping the inside of a soft-boiled egg.”) and Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro (“he slips his hands under her wasted buttocks and enters her like a fucking pile driver.”).
The Guardian has the full collection, with extracts. Meanwhile, Boldtype magazine has compile its own All-Time Top 10, with perennial favourite John Updike topping the bill. (You may remember him being commended for lifetime achievement at last year’s Bad Sex awards.)