You did it again, Tom Wolfe! You and your bad sex scenes. You beat out ol’ JK Rowling. Congrats.
American novelist Tom Wolfe is being hotly tipped to win this year’s Bad Sex in Fiction prize for a second time. The annual award is given “to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel”.
Other novelists on this year’s longlist include newcomer JK Rowling for her debut novel, The Casual Vacancy: “He retained a memory of her bare pink vulva; it was as though Father Christmas had popped up in their midst…. he forced his way inside her, determined to accomplish what he had come for… Krystal moaned a little. Her head thrown back, her nose became broad and snout-like.”
She faces stiff competition from Nicholas Coleridge’s The Adventuress (“In seconds, the duke had lowered his trousers and boxers and positioned himself across a leather steamer trunk, emblazoned with the royal arms of Hohenzollern Castle… ‘More, more,’ he cried out. ‘Next time you will discipline me dressed as a nun. I have the garments in the cupboard’.’”) and Howard Jacobson’s Zoo Time. [Standard]
Here’s the list, for people who need some holiday reading.