Did Tom Wolfe Write the Year’s Worst Sex Scene?

It’s that time of year again! Yes, Thanksgiving — but more importantly, time for the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex in Literature Award. The magazine has released its 2012 shortlist, and the most famous name is none other than one Tom Wolfe, who’s been writing cringe-worthy sex scenes for decades now. Literary Review has, of course, nominated Wolfe for his new novel Back to Blood and, in the course of tweeting some choice excerpts from this year’s cohort, reminded us of this humiliating passage: “Now his big generative jockey was inside her pelvic saddle, riding, riding, riding, and she was eagerly swallowing it…” You can find the full shortlist below, and mark your calendar for December 4th, when we’ll learn who wrote the #1 worst sex scene of 2012 — you know, aside from E.L. James, because 50 Shades of Grey still doesn’t count as literature.

Bad Sex in Literature Award 2012 shortlist:
The Yips by Nicola Barker
The Adventuress by Nicholas Coleridge
Infrared by Nancy Huston
Rare Earth by Paul Mason
Noughties by Ben Masters
The Quiddity of Will Self by Sam Mills
The Divine Comedy by Craig Raine
Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe