Bad Sex In Fiction Nominees: Murakami, Cunningham, Richard Flanagan

The world’s most dreaded, and awkward, literary prize has released its shortlist.

And as always, nominees for The Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award include some of our most lauded writers, including Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan for a sex scene that gets interrupted by dog-on-penguin mauling:

“He kissed the slight, rose-coloured trench that remained from her knicker elastic, running around her belly like the equator line circling the world. As they lost themselves in the circumnavigation of each other, there came from nearby shrill shrieks that ended in a deeper howl. Dorrigo looked up. A large dog stood at the top of the dune. Above blood-jagged drool, its slobbery mouth clutched a twitching fairy penguin.”

Reader favorite Haruki Murakami not only lost out on the Nobel to some French dude, but got included yet again in these awards for a threesome scene, complete with rainforest-wet public hair.

The Literary Review has also been tweeting out choice morsels from nominees:

These embarrassing awards are meant to get writers in better shape, sex-scene wise. According to The Literary Review, “The purpose of the prize is to draw attention to poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction, and to discourage them. The prize is not intended to cover pornographic or expressly erotic literature.”

The shortlist is:

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
The Hormone Factory by Saskia Goldschmidt
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
The Age of Magic by Ben Okri
The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd
Desert God by Wilbur Smith
Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan
The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh
The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark