Bad Sex in Fiction: US writer Christopher Bollen wins

From BBC - November 30, 2017

US author Christopher Bollen has won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award for his novel The Destroyers.

The judges voted him the winner after reading a scene depicting the book's protagonist, Ian, with his ex-girlfriend on the island of Patmos.

He wrote: "She covers her breasts with her swimsuit... The skin along her arms and shoulders are different shades of tan like water stains in a bathtub."

Bollen - editor-at-large of Interview magazine - did not attend the ceremony.

The Destroyers is his third novel and the judges said he "prevailed against strong competition".

The award, organised by the Literary Review, was presented by Carry On star Fenella Fielding at London's Naval and Military Club - also known as the In & Out.

It was established in 1993 by journalist and writer Auberon Waugh.

Organisers say the purpose of the prize is "to draw attention to poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction".


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