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‘Bad Sex Award’ Winner: “Like a Lepidopterist Mounting a Tough-Skinned Insect”

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By HVculture on November 30, 2010

Judges on Monday night handed out the Literary Review’s Bad Sex Award, the annual prize given to the author who crafts the worst sex scene in literature.

This year, winning novelist Rowan Somerville deserved it with his godawful image of a butterfly collector.

Somerville wrote “…like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her” in his second book, The Shape of Her.

The Guardian provides some context: “The award was established in 1993 by the late Auberon Waugh to draw attention to the ‘crude, tasteless, and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in contemporary novels, and to discourage it’…The prize usually goes to painfully serious prose.”

Click here to read more historically bad sexual imagery from Somerville’s novel.

Hey, at least he has a sense of humo(u)r about it, saying “There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation I would like to thank you.”

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