Literary fiction is robust enough to withstand the challenges the 21st century throws at it.
The author, Nicholas Royle, believes he doesn't deserve a Bad Sex in Fiction award. It's just unfortunate his namesake novelist has won one.
The prize committee has opted for a more traditional laureate this year, nominating a traditional novelist after last year's controversial choice of Bob Dylan.
In his lifetime Anthony Burgess was a strong advocate of free expression. A forthcoming book promises to bring his political writing back into focus.