"To draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it"
The books are chronologically displayed as the winners from year 1993 to 2010. In 2008, along with the award being given to Rachel Johnson, a Lifetime Achievement Award was given to John Updike
(From the BBC
) Littell's "winning" passage begins: "This sex was watching at me, spying on me, like a Gorgon's head".
An excerpt from the BBC
on this year's winner (Somerville): "She released his hair from her fingers and twisted onto her belly like a fish flipping itself."
The Literary Review Bad Sex Award
Literary Review Wiki page
(with examples of writing)