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Huston beats men to bad sex award

Published 05/12/2012 | 02:59

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Nancy Huston took the Bad Sex award

Author Nancy Huston has landed one of the literary world's least coveted prizes after taking the Bad Sex award.

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She triumphed over figures such as Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason and veteran US writer Tom Wolfe for the toe-curling sex scenes in her novel Infrared.

Paris-based Canadian Huston is only the third female winner of the prize, fully titled the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award, since it was launched in 1993.

The 59-year-old, who writes in French and translates her own work into English, was unable to attend the ceremony at London's In And Out Club.

But in a message to organisers she said: "I hope this prize will incite thousands of British women to take close-up photos of their lovers' bodies in all states of array and disarray."

The prize aims to highlight and discourage "crude, badly written, or perfunctory use of passages of sexual description in contemporary novels", although overtly erotic literature such as Fifty Shades Of Grey is not eligible.

Huston's book tells the story of a family holiday endured by Rena Greenblatt, a photographer who specialises in taking infra-red images of her lovers during sex.

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