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Stephen King nominated for Bad Sex Award

books Updated: Nov 23, 2011 07:36 IST

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A new novel by horror author Stephen King, 11.22.63, has been nominated for bad sex in literature award. The passage responsible for the nomination compares sex to "a horizontal version of the Madison" dance and features lines, "Oh dear, oh my dear, oh my dear, dear God, oh sugar!," reports

King isn't the only popular author to be nominated for the awards, others who join him on the short-list are big names like Lee Child, Haruki Murakami and James Frey.

The Bad Sex in Fiction award, organised by the Literary Review, is now in 19th year. "The purpose of the prize is to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel and to discourage it," the Literary Review said. The award was set up to mock the gratuitous and often excruciatingly embarrassing descriptions of sex in literature.

Last year the award was won by Rowan Somerville for The Shape of Her.

The awards will be announced in a ceremony at London's Naval and Military Club, on December 6.

Check out the complete shortlist below

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry

The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey

Parallel Stories by Péter Nádas

11.22.63 by Stephen King

Ed King by David Guterson

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M Auel

The Affair by Lee Child

Dead Europe by Christos Tsiolkas

Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller

Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy

The Great Night by Chris Adrian