Literary Review’s 2017 Bad Sex Award Shortlist

“We seem to be moving at avalanche speed and also, unfortunately, with avalanche precision,” writes Christopher Bollen in his novel “The Destroyers,” one of many books to be noted for its less than enticing sex scene. The judges from Literary Review, who award an annual bad sex in fiction prize, have said that this was a great year for bad sex scenes. Their selections make this quite clear, in particular a lament from a character in Wilbur Smith and David Churchill’s “War Cry,” “It’s bloody cold. I might get frostbite on my cock.” From a damp, mossy bed to a bird trapped in a house, several select (and frequently funny) quotes from this year’s award winners can be read over at the Guardian.