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Friday, November 21, 2008 3:14 pm
The Bad Sex Shortlist is Here!
Posted by: Courtney Jones

There are ten writers up for The Literary Review’s most coveted award this year. And the nominees are:

James Buchan for The Gate of Air
Simon Montefiore for Sashenka
John Updike 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

And for good measure here’s an insider’s thoughts on this year’s contenders:

Jonathan Beckman at the Literary Review said there had been “quite a lot of variation” in this year’s shortlist in terms of how, exactly, the sex was bad. “There are some which take the sex far too seriously, like Coelho, and some which have a grating change of register, like Buchan, and others that are just slightly ridiculous,” he said. “The Campbell seems quite Alastair Campbelly-bad, in the slightly tortuous logical path the passage takes … and also, we wouldn’t pass up the chance to put Alastair Campbell on a bad sex shortlist.” ( From The Guardian)

2 Responses to “The Bad Sex Shortlist is Here!”
  1. Keir Says:

    My money’s on Allestree. I would blush at quoting the quoted passage, but this is GOLD:

    She said her novel was “essentially quite a serious one”. “It’s about wolves,” she continued. “There is wolf sex, between my young wolf, my hero, and his girlfriend, who happens to be an Alsatian … they have hybrid sex.”

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