Novels by Morrissey, Erica Jong and Richard Bausch are amongst the eight-strong shortlist for this year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award.
Morrissey is in the running for List of the Lost, representing “the first time an author from the distinguished Penguin Classics stable has made it onto the shortlist”, said the award’s organiser the Literary Review.
Jong’s Fear of Dying (Canongate) is also shortlisted, along with Before, During, After by Richard Bausch (Atlantic Books), Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen (Harvill Secker), Against Nature by Tomas Espedal (Seagull Books), Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (William Heinemann), The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon (Picador), and Orion’s The Martini Shot by George Pelecanos, a screenwriter of hit TV series The Wire.
The controversial biography of David Cameron Call Me Dave, by Michael Ashcroft and Isabel Oakeshott (Biteback), was also brought to the judges attention because of its suggestion that "the future PM inserted a private part of his anatomy into the animal’s mouth".
“That assertion was so flimsily corroborated as to resemble fiction but, regrettably, the biographers displayed insufficient literary brio to merit serious consideration,” said the Literary Review.
The winner of this year’s award will be announced on Tuesday 1st December.
Last year the prize went to Ben Okri for The Age of Magic (Head of Zeus).