Bad sex award: shortlist announced for ‘Britain’s most dreaded literary prize’

Dubious honour lines up contenders for the years most outstandingly awful sexual scene, with Elizabeth Gilbert and Didier Decoin among the nominees Describing itself as Britains most dreaded literary prize, the Literary Reviews Bad sex in fiction award has unveiled this years shortlist, which ranges from Elizabeth Gilbert, the bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, to the acclaimed French novelist Didier Decoin. Dreamed up in 1993 by the Literary Reviews the editor Auberon Waugh and critic Rhoda Koenig, the award is for the years most outstandingly awful scene of sexual description in an otherwise good novel. It is intended to draw attention to the poorly written, redundant, or downright cringeworthy passages of sexual description in modern fiction. This years contenders …