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Blair nominated for literary bad sex award

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Tony Blair is up for an award he’d probably rather not win.

Britain’s Literary Review magazine has nominated him for its annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award for his book A Journey. It’s a double knock on the former Prime Minister because the purple prose comes from his memoirs — a work of non-fiction. Some have criticized A Journey for what they view as historical inaccuracies.

The bedroom scene follows Blair learning of Labor leader John Smith’s death.

"That night she cradled me in her arms and soothed me; told me what I needed to be told; strengthened me. On that night of 12 May 1994, I needed that love Cherie gave me, selfishly. I devoured it to give me strength. I was an animal following my instinct.”

Tom Fleming, editor of the magazine, told the Guardian that Blair’s nomination was “groundbreaking in every way” and that the possibility of giving a non-fiction book an award normally reserved for works of fiction is “absolutely unprecedented.”

The award for the best in bad sex writing will be announced Nov. 29.

By Stephen Lowman  | October 15, 2010; 12:28 PM ET
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