First Timer Takes Bad Sex Award

Anonymous Patron gives us the heads up: The Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award has gone to first-time author Iain Hollingshead.

The judges said the award's mandate is "to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it".

The phrase "bulging trousers" in the novel Twenty Something pushed it over the top for the win. BBC News has more.

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beyond help

From the same article: Among the other nominees were established names like Irvine Welsh and Will Self but the panel described them as "beyond help at this point".

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