shower scene wins guterson bad sex award

A novel inspired by the myth of Oedipus has won the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award

A saucy shower scene has won Snow Falling on Cedars author David Guterson the dreaded Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award, beating fellow nominees including Lee Child and Haruki Murakami.

The American author's Ed King, a contemporary twist on the Oedipus myth, was awarded the notorious gong at the appropriately named In & Out Club in London by “Carry On” star Barbara Windsor.

Guterson was unable to attend, but said in response to the win: “Oedipus practically invented bad sex, so I'm not in the least bit surprised".

The Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award, now in its 19th year, was set up by Auberon Waugh in order to draw attention to the "crude, tasteless, and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in contemporary novels, and to discourage it".

Previous winners include Iain Hollingshead, A  A Gill and Jonathan Littell, with Rowan Somerville taking the award last year.

The paragraphs which prompted the judges to make their decision can be read in full here.

Ed King by David Guterson is published by Bloomsbury.