Fifty Shades author EL James wins a good sex award
Canada's Nancy Huston gets Bad Sex award while 'mummy porn' author wins popular fiction trophy
CANADIAN author Nancy Huston has beaten some, erm, stiff competition to take home the year's least-coveted literary prize, the Bad Sex award.
Up against awkward erotic prose by luminaries including American author Tom Wolfe, Huston romped home thanks to some steamy passages from her novel Infrared, in which a woman uses a heat-sensitive camera to take pictures of her lovers in the throes of passion.
Huston, 59, who lives in Paris, chose not to attend last night's ceremony at London's In and Out Club, but sent a message saying: "I hope this prize will incite thousands of British women to take close-up photos of their lovers' bodies in all states of array and disarray."
Many readers had assumed EL James, the author of the hit trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, would be a front-runner for this year's Bad Sex award. But she was spared that fate by a rule excluding books that are primarily written as erotica.
Instead, James enjoyed a more pleasant evening, picking up the popular fiction book of the year trophy at last night's Specsavers National Book Awards. James's work has been derided by critics as "mummy porn" notes the BBC, but she, ah, flogged the competition, which included Kate Mosse, JoJo Moyes, Victoria Hislop, Bernard Cornwell and Dorothy Koomson, to win the accolade.
This year's Booker Prize winner, Hilary Mantel, was named as the UK author of the year for a second time and the outstanding achievement award went to crime writer Ian Rankin.
Comedian Miranda Hart took home the non-fiction prize for Is It Just Me at last night's ceremony, while broadcaster Claire Balding won the biography of the year award, seeing off competition from Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell.
Little Britain comedian-turned-author David Walliams won children's book of the year for his book Ratburger.