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The Literary Review chooses The In & Out as venue for Bad Sex Award

The Literary Review has once again chosen The In & Out as the venue to announce its 22nd Bad Sex Award. It is for the most embarrassing passage of sexual description in a novel and takes place on Wednesday 3 December 2014 - and this year even Booker Prize winners are not spared scrutiny.

The prize aims to draw attention to the crude, badly written, often perfunctory use of passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it. 400 luminaries of the literary world will attend the event to hear who is selected as winner.

The shortlist - which includes Richard Flanagan's Booker-winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North - has been expanded to comprise 10 candidates:
• The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
• The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
• The Hormone Factory by Saskia Goldschmidt
• Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
• The Age of Magic by Ben Okri
• The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd
• Desert God by Wilbur Smith
• Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan
• The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh
• The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark

Last year the prize was presented at The In & Out by Joan Collins to Indian novelist Manil Suri for his novel The City of Devi (Bloomsbury).

“We are honoured,” said ITA’s sales director Kate McIntosh. “The In & Out is perfect for this event and we are delighted to welcome back The Literary Review again. The Clubhouse is a beautiful Grade II listed house with a magnificent secluded Courtyard to suit any occasion.”

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