Fifty Shades of Grey

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E. L. James, author of Fifty Shades of Grey, was highly anticipated to be in this year’s most dreaded yet coveted prize have failed to make the shortlist.

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”.

The Literary Review‘s senior editor, Jonathan Beckman, who oversees the contest, explains that the Fifty Shades trilogy is not eligible “because the prize’s rubric explicitly excludes pornographic and erotic literature.”

He added: “I don’t think she needs any more publicity, does she?”

The shortlist includes:

Tom Wolf’s Back to Blood

Nicola Barker‘s The Yips

Nicholas Coleridge‘s The Adventuress

Nancy Huston‘s Infrared

Paul Maon’s Rare Earth

Ben Master’s Noughties

Sam MillsThe Quiddity of Will Self . This is a noteworthy nomination, since Self’s own fiction has been shortlisted on three occasions.

Craig Raine‘s The Divine Comedy.

The winner will be announced at a lavish ceremony in London next month. Apparently, among the literati,  it is considered a badge of courage for the authors to attend to receive it in person.

Here are some choice excerpts:

The Quiddity of Wilf Self, by Sam Mills: Down, down, on to the eschatological bed. Pages chafed me; my blood wept onto them. My cheek nestled against the scratch of paper. My cock was barely a ghost, but I did not suffer panic.

Rare Earth by Paul Mason: He began thrusting wildly in the general direction of her chrysanthemum, but missing — his paunchy frame shuddering with the efford of remaining rigid and upside down.

 

 

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