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Shortlist For Bad Sex Award: Today In Books

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Should Have Finished Eating Before Reading This News

The annual prize for “the most egregious passage of sexual description in a work of fiction” has put out its shortlist this year and it’s all male authors. I will control myself and not quote anything here, but do read on if you’re interested to find out why authors like Haruki Murakami and James Frey are up for worst sex scenes in their latest books.

Poet’s 400-Year-Old Manuscript Discovered

Poet John Donne’s unrecorded handwritten manuscript was found at Melford Hall, a stately home in Suffolk, England. “The Melford manuscript is one of the largest contemporary collections of Donne’s poetry to survive, and the only one of its kind remaining in private hands, according to Sotheby’s, which is offering it for an estimate of £200,000 to £300,000.” Read on for an interesting history of Donne’s work and life and what’s known and unknown about the manuscript.

Eric Bana Will Play Aaron Falk

A film adaptation we’re excited for is Jane Harper’s The Dry–a great multiple award-winning Australian mystery. The past and present mysteries will be solved by Eric Bana as he’ll play Aaron Falk, a Federal Police investigator who returns to his small hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend and family.