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This Year's Prize Goes to?

There are hundreds of literary prizes given out every year, all over the world, but a little-known award is the annual Literary Review Bad Sex prize given out in the U.K. for the worst description of sex in a contemporary novel. This year?s winner is Wendy Perriam for a description in her novel "Tread Softly." It contains the lines "Weirdly, he was clad in pin-stripes at the same time as being naked. Pin-stripes were erotic, the uniform of fathers, two-dimensional fathers. Even Mr. Hughes's penis had a seductive pin-striped foreskin." The runner-up was Nicolas Coleridge, author ?Godchildren,? in which he describes a man stroking his lover "like a groom reassuring a frightened foal." Previous winner Christopher Hart used a polar exploration as a metaphor for love-making.

Perriam has been nominated for the prize three times in a row. She says she?s "stunned but pleased" that she won. She attributes her ability to write sex scenes to her Catholic upbringing. "We were taught that sex was wicked and so I became totally fascinated by it," she says. "In a sense I write sex scenes as I still want to be sure that it really happens and that people are taking the risk of going to hell..."

If you like sexy descriptions, you?ll love Whitley?s vampires. We still have a few signed copies of ?Lilith?s Dream,? Lilith?s Dream, The Last Vampire and The Hunger.

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