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Cave in running for Bad Sex award

Nick Cave

Singer Nick Cave has joined Booker winner John Banville, Philip Roth and Paul Theroux on the shortlist for this year's Bad Sex in Fiction award.

The annual prize, awarded by Literary Review magazine, focuses on "redundant passages of sexual description".

"Frankly we would have been offended if he wasn't shortlisted," a spokeswoman for Cave told The Guardian. He is nominated for The Death of Bunny Munro.

The award - now in its 17th year - will be handed out on 30 November.

Previous winners include AA Gill, Sebastian Faulks, Tom Wolfe and Melvyn Bragg.

John Banville - The Infinities
Nick Cave - The Death of Bunny Munro
Jonathan Littell - The Kindly Ones
Richard Milward - Ten Storey Love Song
Sanjida O'Connell - The Naked Name of Love
Amos Oz - Rhyming Life and Death
Anthony Quinn - The Rescue Man
Philip Roth - The Humbling
Paul Theroux - A Dead Hand
Simon Van Booy - Love Begins in Winter

Journalist Auberon Waugh set up the award to "draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it.

"The prize is not intended to cover pornographic or expressly erotic literature, and is limited to the literary novel."

This year's 10-strong shortlist also includes acclaimed Israeli novelist Amos Oz and Jonathan Littell.

Simon Van Booy, Richard Milward, Anthony Quinn and Sanjida O'Connell - the only woman on the list - complete the nominees.

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