Bad Sex Writing Award Goes to...
Sorry, Rowan Somerville: Sex and lepidopterists just don't mix
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2010 7:55 AM CST
Irish author Rowan Somerville is making people everywhere wonder what the hell a lepidopterist is.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – “Like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her.” If this less-than-amorous passage makes you cringe, you're not alone: Irish author Rowan Somerville has won this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award for the passage in The Shape of Her. Somerville calls it an "honor" to have beaten out literary luminaries like Jonathan Franzen and Christos Tsiolkas: "There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation I would like to thank you." (Click here for one writer's take on why writing about sex is so tough.)

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djkillamantwice
Nov 30, 2010 6:18 PM CST
Bad sex award is done by uptight english people terrified of sex...googled reviews for the author's work below...why do you think Franzen in on there ? Duh THE ECONOMIST - 17/7/10 "Deceptively simple in plot and singularly musical in its voice, it is a study of the place where our past has become our present. A summer read to be kept - and visited in the dark days of winter." IRISH TIMES - 10.07.10 "darkly erotic, offbeat holiday read... an entertaining book that while not echoing to the chimes of chick lit, probably wouldn't be out of place in the beach bag." THE GUARDIAN - 17/7/10 "Somerville is clearly a thoughtful writer... a rich plot and some lovely vivid local colour." PRESS ASSOCATION "Alternating between the past and the present, the novel explores the open scars of childhood abuse and its effect on later relationships." THE DUBLINER "confronts us with an extended meditation on the anxious incomprehensbility surrounding sex and desire." FOR BOOKS SAKE blog "Rowan Somerville is a talented author, perfectly capturing the characters¿ distinctive voices...The language is gorgeous, rich and evocative...the pacing is perfect. The Shape of Her is dark, beautiful and an ideal summer read." FOLLOW THE THREAD blog "Somerville has a deft turn of phrase"
vjh
Nov 30, 2010 10:09 AM CST
Lepidopterist sex... ummm...makes me hot just thinking about it! It also makes me itch...
Riffran
Nov 30, 2010 8:58 AM CST
if bumping no no's seems like and insect collection to you...you probably aint doing it right, or your partner is really really disgusting ...just saying