So, this year's winner is Rowan Somerville for his book The Shape Of Her. He beat out Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap), Jonathan Frazen (Freedom), and Alistar Campbell (Maya). Campbell is interesting because he's a spin doctor for Tony Blair. Guess it's easier to talk about politicians screwing voters than two people screwing each other.
What's that? A representative sample, you ask? Okay, but only because it'll make you feel better about your own writing abilities...
* Like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her.
* A nipple is described as "upturned like the nose of the loveliest nocturnal animal, sniffing the night".
* A character "released his hair from her fingers and twisted onto her belly like a fish flipping itself".
I will give Somerville eternal credit for this -- he's a real sport about it. "It is an honour to share a list with Jonathan Franzen. There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation I would like to thank you." Well, they do say writers should write what they know.
Here's hoping none of us wind up being nominated.