Rowan Somerville

2010 Bad Sex in Fiction Award

Article: 2010 Bad Sex in Fiction Award

Rowan Somerville is the latest author to join the ranks of Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe and Sebastian Faulks in this year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award, the annual prize from British magazine Literary Review. In Somerville’s novel, The Shape of Her, he describes sex as something akin to “a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her.” Yowza. To be fair, Somerville’s first novel, The End of Sleep, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, and he accepted the Literary Review’s distinction gracefully. “There is nothing more English than bad sex,” he said, “so on behalf of the entire nation I would like to thank you.”