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Somerville wins Bad Sex prize
30.11.10 | Katie Allen
Rowan Somerville has accepted his win of the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award, claiming it was an “honour” to share the shortlist with Jonathan Franzen and Christos Tsiolkas.
Somerville was awarded the prize last night (29th November) for his second novel The Shape of Her (Weidenfeld) by film director Michael Winner.
He also beat former spin-doctor Alastair Campbell, Annabel Lyon, Adam Ross, Craig Raine and Neel Mukherjee to the prize which was established to draw attention to “the crude, tasteless, and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in contemporary novels, and to discourage it".
Somerville said: 'What an honour to share a list with Jonathan Franzen and Christos Tsiolkas.
"There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation I would like to thank you."