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Morrissey's first novel wins Bad Sex Award

Morrissey's first novel won the award for its description of  "one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation.".

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Morrissey's first novel won the award for its description of "one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation.".



Maybe Morrissey shouldn't quit his day job.

List of the Lost, the first novel by the former Smiths lead singer, has earned him the dubious honor of winning the 2015 Bad Sex in Fiction award from the Literary Review of London.

The novel, the story of four Boston relay runners who are cursed by an old man, was published this summer in Great Britain to mixed reviews. (It hasn't been published in the United States yet, but used copies of the British edition are available on Amazon.)

Morrissey's fiction debut (he published an autobiography in 2013) has been the favorite since the short list for the Bad Sex Award was announced, and his book was chosen over those by finalists Richard Bausch (Before, During, After), Joshua Cohen (Book of Numbers), Erica Jong (Fear of Dying) and George Pelecanos (The Martini Shot).

Established in 1993, the aim of the Bad Sex in Fiction award is to draw attention to “poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction” with the hope of discouraging them. Here's the passage from Morrissey's novel that, um, moved the judges:

“At this, Eliza and Ezra rolled together into one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza’s breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra’s howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it whacked and smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza’s body except for the otherwise central zone.”

Morrissey is in notable company; past winners of the award include Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe and John Updike, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

According to the Guardian, Morrissey was "unable to attend (the London award ceremony) due to touring commitments. He was also unavailable for comment."


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