Somerville won over the judges with phrases such as the one describing an act of lovemaking as being “like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin.” The Guardian reported more of “the naughtiest bits” and shared amusing commentary, including about the suspected sex life of the judges.
The award is given each year by the British Literary Review and was established in 1993 by the late British author Auberon Waugh to “draw attention to the crude, tasteless, and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in contemporary novels, and to discourage it.” No word on what prompted “Bron” to do this.
Graciously accepting his award, Somerville said, “There is nothing more English than bad sex. So on behalf of the entire nation, I thank you.”
(If you think awards like this are funny, have you heard about the Bulwer-Lytton awards?)