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Sean Thomas wins the Bad Sex in Fiction Award

  • Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2000 sponsored by Hamlet Cigars

Sean Thomas is the new king of bad sex, winning the infamous Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2000 Sponsored by Hamlet Cigars at an extravagant ceremony in St James's London last night.

Rock legend Mick Jagger presented Sean Thomas with Britain's most dreaded literary prize for a passage from his latest novel, Kissing England. Sean Thomas also took home a semi-abstract statue featuring a naked woman appropriately draped over an open book, which was created by Amelia Gatacre and specially commissioned by Literary Review and Hamlet for the occasion.

Recognised as a highlight of the literary calendar and a pre-Christmas celebration for Literary Review, this year's event was attended by society's finest, including new and established authors, distinguished reviewers, celebrities and friends of the magazine.

The shortlist included such diverse names as John Updike, Wendy Perriam and Edward St Aubyn. Literary Review Editor-in-Chief Auberon Waugh commented that the standard of entries was very high, and choosing a recipient was once again a difficult task. "It is always far easier to narrow down the entries to a shortlist as there are some stand-out descriptions of the sexual act. However, picking the ultimate winner is always very challenging."

The Bad Sex in Fiction Award was created eight years ago to recognise the worst, most redundant or most embarrassing description of the sexual act in the modern novel. The prize is restricted to the literary novel and is not intended to cover pornographic or erotic literature. Past winners include AA Gill, Alan Titchmarsh and Melvyn Bragg.

Sarah Clarkson, Brand Manager for Hamlet Cigars said this year's ceremony was the best to date: "I always enjoy watching the ultimate Hamlet moment unfold before my eyes, and it's fair to say that Sean Thomas truly did experience a Hamlet moment to remember. This event is always a lot of fun and is the highlight of the Hamlet calendar."

Note: A photograph of Sean Thomas with Mick Jagger is available on all national newspaper picture desks and the PR Newswire file on the PA Bulletin Board.

SOURCE Literary Review

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