tag: bad sex in fiction award

November 2008

harper perennial authors ALWAYS win awards (even dubious ones)

I am delighted to announce that two books that Harper Perennial will publish in paperback have been shortlisted for the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award. If they win, Russell Banks (nominated for The Reserve, out in pb in February) and Paulo Coelho (nominated for Brida, also out in pb in February) will join the esteemed ranks of previous winners such as Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, and Sebastian Faulks.

In all seriousness, I don’t think that Coelho’s scene, excerpted in the article linked above, is really that “unconvincing, perfunctory, embarrassing or redundant,”. (haven’t read Banks’ scene). Then again, I do also work on romance novels, so maybe my judgement isn’t the soundest on such a matter.

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