Posted on December 3, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Literary Review, in a nod to other more prestigious prizes that were shared among multiple winners, has given its annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award to two writers.

French writer Didier Decoin (The Office of Gardens and Ponds) and British novelist John Harvey (Pax) were each honored — or, rather, dishonored — for the first time.

The judges parodied the Booker Prize panel’s head judge in its comments about deciding on two winners “after hours of tortuous debate.”

“We tried voting, but it didn’t work,” they said, according to the Guardian. “We tried again. Ultimately, there was no separating the winners.”

Decoin and Harvey join such authors as John Updike, Tom Wolfe, and James Frey.

Should you wish to read some of their passages, you can head to the Guardian’s article, though be warned that they’re obviously not safe for work.

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