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Sensational literary sex scenes

Ask any author what the most difficult part of a novel is, and the answer will likely be not the closing line or plot, but penning a convincing sex scene. From Madame Bovary to modern day Mills & Boon classics, novelists have for centuries attempted to capture the essence of lust, passion, uncertainty and sheer adrenaline that sex conjures up, with varying levels of success.

Below, we look at some of best, worst and most surreal excepts from sex scenes that literature has had to offer over the ages. Prepare yourself for some obscure metaphors, explicit language and all-round hanky panky...

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