Franzen, Tsiolkas, Campbell up for Bad Sex

Franzen, Tsiolkas, Campbell up for Bad Sex

<p>Jonathan Franzen has been dealt another blow with the news that his novel <em>Freedom</em> is up for this year&#39;s Bad Sex Award.</p><p> The award, given annually by the magazine <em>Literary Review </em>to the author who has written the most &quot;crude, tasteless, often perfunctory&quot; passages of sexual description in a literary novel, will be awarded at the end of the month (29th November).</p><p><em>Freedom</em>, published by HarperCollins, is joined by Christos Tsiolkas&#39; Man Booker-longlisted <em>The Slap </em>(Tuskar Rock), Alastair Campbell&#39;s <em>Maya</em> (Hutchinson), <em>The Golden Mean</em> by Annabel Lyon (Atlantic), <em>A Life Apart</em> by Neel Mukherjee (Constable), <em>Heartbreak</em> by Craig Raine (Atlantic), T<em>he Shape of Her</em> by Rowan Somerville (Weidenfeld &amp; Nicholson) and <em>Mr Peanut </em>by Adam Ross (Jonathan Cape).</p><p>Franzen has had a difficult experience with his latest book in the UK, despite enthusiastic reviews. HarperCollins initially printed an uncorrected version of <em>Freedom</em>, while at the launch party for the book in October a prankster stole the author&#39;s glasses.</p><p>Last year&#39;s Bad Sex Award was won by Jonathan Littell for <em>The Kindly Ones</em> (Chatto). <br /><br /> </p>