Wednesday 21 March 2018

Morrissey gets Bad Sex writing award


John Spain

He's going to be even more miserable now. British singer Morrissey has won this year's Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award for a passage in his book List of the Lost.

Morrissey, born to Irish parents who emigrated from Dublin to Manchester, is famous for his miserable lyrics and fancies himself as a novelist.  

List of the Lost published by Penguin this year is his debut novel and includes an ecstatic scene which has won him the Bad Sex writing award. 

The story follows four Boston relay runners who are cursed by an old man in the woods.  The winning scene features one of the athletes, Ezra, and his girlfriend, Eliza:

At this, Eliza and Ezra rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza’s breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra’s howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it whacked and smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza’s body except for the otherwise central zone.

Morrissey rose to fame in the 1980s as the lyricist and frontman of The Smiths, before launching a solo career spanning ten studio albums to date. His memoir, Autobiography, was released by Penguin Classics in 2013, and was well received.  List of the Lost has been given the thumbs down by most reviewers. 

The Bad Sex in Fiction award, sponsored by the Literary Review, was announced at a lavish dinner in London attended by 400 guests.  Morrissey was on tour and did not comment.

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