FORMER British Prime Minister Tony Blair was in the running tonight for the least-coveted prize in literature – the Bad Sex Award.
A passage from his new autobiography, A Journey, in which Blair reminisced about a night of passion with his wife Cherie, was deemed so cringe-worthy that Britain’s Literary Review magazine made him the first writer of a nonfiction work to be considered for the dubious honor.
“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 [she] gave me, selfishly. I devoured it to give me strength. I was an animal following my instinct,” he wrote.
Other writers in the running for the prize, include Martin Amis for The Pregnant Widow, Ian McEwan for Solar and Jonathan Franzen for Freedom. Past winners include Sebastian Faulks, Philip Kerr and Melvyn Bragg.
Last month, the current UK Prime Minister David Cameron wrote that one of the lessons of Blair’s memoirs was that “politicians should keep quiet about their animal instincts.”