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Bad Sex in Fiction Award Goes to Somerville, Sparing Franzen

Rowan Somerville won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, the U.K.’s "most dreaded literary prize," for a scene in which a nipple is likened to the upturned "nose of the loveliest nocturnal animal, sniffing in the night."

The passage, from Somerville’s novel "The Shape of Her," defeated steamy encounters in novels by Jonathan Franzen and Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spokesman.