Bad Sex Award

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CNN.com - Tom Wolfe wins bad sex award - Dec 13, 2004

American author and journalist Tom Wolfe won one of the world's most dreaded literary accolades on Monday -- the British prize for bad sex in fiction...

Tom Conti presented the award to an absent Tom Wolfe. In his witty introduction, Alexander Waugh - son of Auberon, founder of the award - had teased the audience into thinking that Wolfe had been present, chatting to guests at the start of the evening, but had fled prior to the presentation.

It was my first time at the Award party - (I had been on the brink of attending last year, when it seemd likely that Melvin Burgess would be shortlisted for passages in Doing It) - and it was refreshing to be at an event where I did not have to have the ACHUKA camera in hand, finger ever-ready on the button.

It was also novel not to see the usual posse of familiar faces amongst the guests. There were plenty of readily recognizable media people there, but hardly anyone I had met previously.

An exception was Richard Beswick, editor of my biography of Tennyson. It was good to have a quick chat with him, and to hear him sharing thoughts with Alexander Waugh on the current low esteem of literary biography. Waugh's own book - Fathers And Sons, The Autobiography Of A Family - has been getting rave reviews here, but is apparently hampered in the US by its 'arts & letters' ambience.

My latest children's books page is in Literary Review's excellent current issue.

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