And the Nominees for This Year’s Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award Are…

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11/25/2008 10:00 AM |

Tonight, the British journal will announce the winner of the most prestigious award in fiction, the (slither slither slither) Bad Sex in Fiction prize. And the nominees are:

James Buchan for The Gate of Air
Simon Montefiore for Sashenka
John Updike (of course!) for The Widows of Eastwick
Kathy Lette for To Love, Honour and Betray
Alastair Campbell for All in the Mind
Rachel Johnson for Shire Hell
Isabel Fonseca for Attachment
Ann Allestree for Triptych of a Young Wolf
Russell Banks for The Reserve
Paulo Coelho for Brida

The gory details after the jump:

The passages in question do not appear to have been made available in a single location, but some excerpts from the above-linked Guardian article:

He wasn’t sure where his penis was in relation to where he wanted it to be, but when her hand curled around it once more, and she pulled him towards her, it felt right. Then as her hand joined the other on his neck and she started making more purring noises, now with little squeals punctuating them, he was pretty sure he was losing his virginity.

-Alastair Campbell, All in the Mind

At last, she could no longer control the world around her, her five senses seemed to break free and she wasn’t strong enough to hold on to them. As if struck by a sacred bolt of lightning, she unleashed them, and the world, the seagulls, the taste of salt, the hard earth, the smell of the sea, the clouds, all disappeared, and in their place appeared a vast gold light, which grew and grew until it touched the most distant star in the galaxy.

-Paulo Coelho, Brida

He pulled down her brassiere, cupping her breasts, sighing in bliss. ‘The blue veins are divine,’ he whispered… He’s a madman, she thought as he made love to her again. Oh my God, after twenty years of being the most rational Bolshevik woman in Moscow, this goblin has driven me crazy!

-Simon Montefiore, Sashenka

He raised himself to his knees and bent to roll his tongue around her weeping orifice. He was bringing her to a pitch of ecstasy when she heard Madame Veuve, on the landing, put down the supper tray. Whiffs of onion soup strayed over them as he engulfed her. ‘Don’t stop,’ she clamoured; she was nearly there, it was in the bag.

-Ann Allestree, Triptych of a Young Wolf

Apparently that last one has wolf sex, too.