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Bad S-x in Fiction Award 2018 shortlist announced

In the UK, the Literary Review has announced the Bad S-x in Fiction Award shortlist for 2018.

The seven shortlisted books are:

  • Scoundrels: The Hunt for Hansclapp (Major Victor Cornwall & Major Arthur St John Trevelyan, Black Door Press)
  • Katerina (James Frey, John Murray)
  • Connect (Julian Gough, Picador)
  • Killing Commendatore (Haruki Murakami, Harvill Secker)
  • Kismet (Luke Tredget, Faber)
  • Grace’s Day (William Wall, Head of Zeus)
  • The Paper Lovers (Gerard Woodward, Picador).

No women made the shortlist for this year’s prize. The Literary Review’s Frank Brinkley told the Guardian: ‘There has been some great bad sex from women in the past but this year men are the prime offenders … There were a couple of women on the nominal longlist, which we don’t publish, but we decided they weren’t bad enough.’

The Bad S-x in Fiction Award was established in 1993 to ‘draw attention to poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction’.

The winner of this year’s prize will be announced in the UK on 3 December. The Guardian has published extracts from the shortlisted novels here.



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