On that night of 12 May I needed that love [she] gave me, selfishly. I devoured it to give me strength. I was an animal following my instinct If you haven't already guessed it, this toe-curling passage is the work of the former prime minster Tony Blair, who reminisced about a night of passion with his wife, Cherie, in his new autobiography, A Journey. Yesterday the paragraph won Mr Blair the dubious honour of a nomination for the least-coveted prize in literature — the Bad Sex Award. He becomes the first writer of a non-fiction work to be considered.
Tony Blair has received a double insult from the Literary Review, with the nomination of his bestselling autobiography, A Journey, for its bad sex award. The slight is not only to his skill at bedroom prose, but also to his claims to historical accuracy, since the award is dedicated to clumsy clinches in fiction. The magazine's deputy editor Tom Fleming today confirmed the genre-busting nomination for the prize, which celebrates "poorly written, redundant or crude passages of a sexual nature". According to Fleming it is the first time a work of non-fiction has been up for the award. The former prime minister is nominated for a purple passage about the night spent with his wife Cherie following the news of the Labour leader John Smith's sudden death. On that night of 12 May , I needed that love Cherie gave me, selfishly. I devoured it to give me strength.
Although her birth was registered as 'Cherie', owing to her maternal grandmother's influence she was christened 'Theresa Cara' in deference to the requirement that she be given a saint's name. Cherie and her younger sister Lyndsey were then brought up by Gale and their paternal grandmother Vera Booth, a devout Roman Catholic of Irish descent. The sisters attended Catholic schools in Crosby , Merseyside. She was the Labour candidate for the Conservative safe seat of North Thanet in Kent in the general election , losing to Roger Gale.
Try telling that to Cherie, who has let slip the former prime minister still turns her on after 35 years together. Mrs Blair also revealed that one of the biggest regrets she has since they left No10 was to teach her husband how to use emails. How stupid I was.