'List Of The Lost' was released September 24 to largely negative reviews
Morrissey‘s debut novel List Of The Lost is being considered for this year’s Bad Sex In Fiction Award, organisers have confirmed.
List Of The Lost is the singer’s first effort at fiction after entering the literature world with his best-selling memoir Autobiography released in October 2013.
The book tells the story of a relay team cursed by a demon. It has been criticised, in particular, for its poorly written sex scenes.
One passage in particular reads, “Eliza and Ezra rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza’s breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra’s howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza’s body except for the otherwise central zone.”
In a statement issued to NME, the Literary Review – who judge the Bad Sex In Fiction Award – described the book as a “obvious frontrunner” for the prize.
They added, “Morrissey’s sex scene is an astonishing bid by a first time novelist for this year’s Literary Review Bad Bad Sex In Fiction Award. It’s convoluted, overwrought and profoundly unsexy. The List Of The Lost could have done with less of lust.”
The Bad Sex In Fiction Award was launched in 1993 to “draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it”. Previous winners include Melvyn Bragg, AA Gill and Giles Coren.
Bookmakers Paddy Power have offered odds of 4-1 for Morrissey to win this year’s Bad Sex In Fiction Award.