Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Awards: The Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Winner 2008


The Literary Review's annual award was presented to Rachel Johnson for her novel Shire Hell at a ceremony at London's In and Out club today.

Johnson beat the other nine shortlisted nominees to win what the Guardian called "the literary world's most dreaded honour," the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction award.
  • The Gate of Air by James Buchan
  • Sashenka by Simon Montefiore
  • The Widows of Eastwick by John Updike
  • To Love, Honour and Betray by Kathy Lette
  • All in the Mind by Alastair Campbell
  • Attachment by Isabel Fonseca
  • Triptych of a Young Wolf by Ann Allestree
  • The Reserve by Russell Banks
  • Brida by Paulo Coelho
Previous winners include Sebastian Faulks, Melvyn Bragg and Wendy Perriam. A lifetime achievement award was also given to John Updike after the American author realised the "unique achievement" of four consecutive nominations for the award.

The 'winning' book is described as, "set in Dorset and is a sort of darkly comic romp..think Desperate Housewives meets Straw Dogs." It is published by Penguin, and sounds actually ...pretty funny.

"Mimi and Ralph have left social climbing, pushy parenting and their marital problems behind them in London, and moved west to the bucolic green depths of the country. Or so they thought. ...But what should be Shire Heaven is, it turns out, just as tricky to navigate as Notting Hell. Yes, in honeybourne, if you don't have:
1) A landscaped garden within 1000 acres (minimum) of prime land
2) A helipad for your trophy guests
3) An organic farm shop selling 16 sorts of home-made sausages
4) Four pony-mad polo-playing children
5) A literary festival in your mini-stately
6) A bottom that looks smackable in jodhpurs

Then, well...you're Mimi basically. And that's just the start of her problems. Mimi also has a secret. But can she keep it?"

Rachel Johnson writes for among others, the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator, the Evening Standard and Easy Living. She is married with three children and lives in London. Rachel is also the author of Notting Hell.

1 comment:

Paul said...

This is one of my favourite annual literary awards, so am delighted you've given it coverage here. I'd have missed it otherwise this year.