Nancy Huston has won this year’s Bad Sex award, for her novel Infrared. Only the third woman to win the prize in its twenty-year history, and she has the disadvantage (or advantage?) of writing primarily in French and then translating her work into English.
Although she was unable to attend the prize-giving ceremony in person, Huston did send a message in which she said she hoped her win would encourage women to take photos of their lovers’ bodies. Her publisher reportedly accepted the prize on her behalf.
Established in 1993 by Auberon Waugh, the Bad Sex award aims to bring attention to (and discourage) bad descriptions of sex in novels. Huston is in good company, since previous winners of the award include the likes of Norman Mailer, Sebastian Faulks, Tom Wolfe and Giles Coren.