Good sex in literature: why is it so hard to find?

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Was it good for you? Sylvia Kristel and Nicholas Clay in Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981). Photograph: Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy

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Julian Barnes claims that British novelists feel obligated to write love scenes and so make a hash of it, replacing euphemisms with cliches. So what is so tricky about literary sex?

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