London – Author Rowan Somerville has won the Bad Sex in Fiction Prize for some unsettling insect imagery in his novel The Shape of Her.
Judges of the annual honour said they were especially impressed by a passage comparing lovemaking to “a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect”.
The prize celebrates crude, tasteless or ridiculous descriptions of sex in modern literature.
The winner was announced yesterday by Literary Review magazine.
Somerville took his victory in good humour, noting that “there is nothing more English than bad sex”.