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A Time to Dance by Melvyn Bragg1993
The Stonebreakers by Philip Hook1994
The Grid by Philip Kerr1995
The Big Kiss by David Huggins1996
The Matter of the Heart by Nicholas Royle1997
Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks1998
Starcrossed by A. A. Gill1999
Kissing England by Sean Thomas2000
Rescue Me by Christopher Hart2001
Tread Softly by Wendy Perriam2002
Bunker 13 by Aniruddha Bahal2003
I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel by Tom Wolfe2004
Winkler by Giles Coren2005
Twentysomething by Iain Hollingshead2006
The Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer2007
Shire Hell by Rachel Johnson2008
The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell2009
The Shape of Her by Rowan Somerville2010
Ed King by David Guterson2011
Infrarouge by Nancy Huston2012
The City of Devi: A Novel by Manil Suri2013
The Age of Magic by Ben Okri2014
List of the Lost by Morrissey2015
The Day Before Happiness by Erri De Luca2016

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The Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award is an award given annually to the author who produces the worst description of a sex scene in a novel.
The award is in the form of a "semi-abstract trophy representing sex in the 1950s", which depicts a naked woman draped over an open book. It has been presented each year since 1993 by the Literary Review, a London literary journal. The award was originally established by Rhoda Koenig, a literary critic, and Auberon Waugh, then editor of the Literary Review.
The given rationale is "to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it".

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