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Huston takes Bad Sex award

Orange Prize-shortlisted author Nancy Huston has become the third woman to win the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award, now in its 20th year.

Her winning novel Infrared, published by Atlantic, tells the story of photographer, Rena Greenblatt, who specialises in taking infrared photos of her lovers during sex.

Huston, who lives in Paris, was unable to accept the award but said in a statement: "I hope this prize will incite thousands of British women to take close-up photos of their lovers’ bodies in all states of array and disarray."

Infrared is Huston's 14th work of fiction. She has won the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, the Prix Femina and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for her novel Fault Lines.

The Bad Sex in Fiction Award was set up in 1993 by Auberon Waugh to draw attention to the "crude, badly written, or perfunctory use of passages of sexual description in contemporary novels, and to discourage it".