Wellcome Book Prize 2017 Shortlist Revealed
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Established in 2009, the Wellcome Book Prize shines a spotlight on exceptional works of fiction and non-fiction that focus on the topics of health and medicine, and the ways they touch people’s lives.
In this year's prize 140 titles were submitted, six were selected, and the Chair of Judges celebrated Scottish crime writer Val McDermid revealed these shortlisted titles at the London Book Fair on 14 March.
Along with McDermid, the judging panel included Books Editor for BBC Radio Di Spiers, BBC radio presenter Gemma Cairney, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology Simon Baron-Cohen, and Professor of Philosophy of Science Tim Lewens.
The chosen titles range massively in genre and approach, McDermid noted that “the shortlist spans our origins, our deaths and much that lies between, from activism to acts of human kindness”.
There are two fiction titles on the list, both of which delve into the complexity of modern healthcare systems, while the four non-fiction books give us a glimpse at the human experience of medicine as well as microhistories of scientific and medical development. Each of these titles are in the running for the £30,000 prize, which will be announced on 24 April.
The Wellcome Book Prize shortlist is an excellent starting point for all readers who wish to explore, medicine, science and the human condition.