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Somerville book wins 'Bad Sex' award

UPI News Service, 11/30/2010 

British periodical Literary Review awarded its 2010 Bad Sex in Fiction Award to a book with the phrase "like an otter through wet sand" in a sexual context.

Literary Review awarded the prize during a Monday ceremony to "The Shape of Her" by Rowan Somerville, beating out fellow nominees including "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen, "The Slap" by Christos Tsiolkas, "The Golden Mean" by Annabel Lyon, "Maya" by Alastair Campbell, "A Life Apart" by Neel Mukherjee, "Heartbreak" by Craig Raine and "Mr. Peanut" by Adam Ross, The Guardian reported Tuesday.

"He caught her rhythm, pulling and releasing, cradling and crushing; pushing up through his fingers with each swing, mining up, like an otter through wet sand," reads one of the award-winning "bad sex" passages in Somerville's novel.

"Like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her," another steamy passage reads.

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