Tony Blair has been nominated for the Literary Review’s Bad Sex Awards. These are awarded annually for “poorly written, redundant or crude passages of a sexual nature”.- usually for fiction but Tony’s description of consolatory (is that a word?) sex in his autobiography, A Journey, has been granted an exemption of the rules.
Here is the offending text:
“That night she cradled me in her arms and soothed me; told me what I needed to be told; strengthened me. On that night of 12 May 1994, I needed that love Cherie gave me, selfishly. I devoured it to give me strength. I was an animal following my instinct.”
It was mooted earlier this year that fear of nomination for or worse, winning, this prize has led to a decline in passion in British fiction – see this Guardian article – I assume the non-fiction writers were sighing with relief and laughing up their sleeves. Now they must be afraid, very afraid . . .
The shortlist for the Bad sex award is due to be announced next month, with the prize no author wants to win due to be awarded on 29 November.