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Giles Coren wins Bad Sex in Fiction prize

One passage compares male genitalia to a shower hose
/ Source: The Associated Press

It was the shower hose that clinched it.

A passage describing a male character’s genitalia as “leaping around like a shower dropped in an empty bath” helped British food critic Giles Coren win the 13th annual Bad Sex in Fiction award Thursday for his debut novel, “Winkler.”

The prize, presented by Literary Review magazine, aims to “draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel.”

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Coren beat heavyweight competition, including Salman Rusdhie’s “Shalimar the Clown,” John Updike’s “Villages” and Paul Theroux’s “Blinding Light.”

Winners receive a statuette and a bottle of champagne — but only if they show up to the ceremony in person.

Most do. An exception was last year’s champion, Tom Wolfe, who won for passages in his campus novel, “I Am Charlotte Simmons,” described by judges as “ghastly ... inept ... (and) unrealistic.”