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November 21, 2012

Bad sex awards 2012 shortlist leaves out JK Rowling and EL James

The Casual Vacancy and the Fifty Shades trilogy overlooked for dreaded literary prize.

By Maev Kennedy

The two authors heavily tipped to take this year’s most coveted and dreaded literary prize have failed to make the shortlist. Neither JK Rowling, for her first adult novel, nor EL James for her Fifty Shades trilogy, will be adding the bad sex trophy to their mantelpieces.

Jonathan Beckman, senior editor at the Literary Review, which organises the annual award, said nominations had poured in for Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. However, after ardent discussions about the book, the judges concluded she failed to meet the criteria. Despite “a couple of queasy moments”, as Beckman termed it, her writing is not nearly bad enough.

The bad sex prize was established “to draw attention to the crude and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel – and to discourage it”.

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November 5, 2012

Back to Blood, By Tom Wolfe

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Now into his ninth decade, the turbo-charged chronicler of America can’t slow down.

By Tim Walker

There comes a moment, some 570 pages into Tom Wolfe’s latest 700-plus-paged novel, when two characters find themselves at the mercy of a reality TV camera crew. One of the production team, they learn to their puzzlement, is a writer. On television, they’re told, “you have to create a hyper-reality before it will come across to the viewer as plain reality.” The screenwriter gives narrative structure to the unwieldy facts. So too does Wolfe, whose fiction often has the feel of hyper-real journalism, just as the New Journalism that he named and pioneered famously employs the devices of great fiction.

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