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Wellcome Book PrizeThe Wellcome Book Prize was set up in 2009 to stimulate interest and debate about medical science through books and reading. Any book on the topic published in the previous calendar year, whether fiction or non-fiction, is eligible, as are books translated from languages other than English. (Academic titles, picture books and diet books are not eligible.)

Turn of Mind, Alice LaPlante's thriller in which a once brilliant surgeon suffering from dementia is accused of murder, is the only fiction winner of the prize so far.

The 2016 winner was It's All in Your Head by Suzanne O'Sullivan.  Joan Bakewell chaired the judging panel.

The longlist was announced 30th January, the shortlist on Tuesday 14 March at the London Book Fair and the winner will be announced at an evening ceremony on Monday 24 April at the Wellcome Collection.

The judging panel is chaired by Scottish crime writer Val McDermid, alongside Simon Baron-Cohen, Gemma Cairney, Tim Lewens and Di Speirs.

 

 

2017 Shortlist

The Gene: An Intimate History
(Hardback)
Siddhartha Mukherjee
 
Spanning the globe and several centuries, this is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. It is...
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The Tidal Zone
(Paperback)
Sarah Moss
 
Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man and he is happy. But...
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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes...
(Hardback)
Ed Yong
 
Helps you to learn the invisible and wondrous science behind the corals that construct mighty reefs and the squid that create their own light shows. This book shows how bacteria...
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Mend the Living
(Paperback)
Maylis de Kerangal; Jessica Moore
 
From fatal accident to life-saving operation, Maylis de Kerangal, one of the brightest and boldest writers of modern literary fiction, returns with the epic story of a heart transplant.
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How to Survive a Plague: The Story of...
(Hardback)
David France
 
'This superbly written chronicle will stand as a towering work in its field' Sunday Times 'Inspiring, uplifting and necessary reading' - Steve Silberman author of...
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When Breath Becomes Air
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Paul Kalanithi
 
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor...
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2017 Longlist

How to Survive a Plague: The Story of...
(Hardback)
David France
 
'This superbly written chronicle will stand as a towering work in its field' Sunday Times 'Inspiring, uplifting and necessary reading' - Steve Silberman author of...
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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
(Hardback)
Yuval Noah Harari
 
Examines our future with the author's trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. This book explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first...
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When Breath Becomes Air
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Paul Kalanithi
 
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor...
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Mend the Living
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Maylis de Kerangal; Jessica Moore
 
From fatal accident to life-saving operation, Maylis de Kerangal, one of the brightest and boldest writers of modern literary fiction, returns with the epic story of a heart transplant.
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The Golden Age
(Paperback)
Joan London
 
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Cure: A Journey into the Science of...
(Paperback)
Jo Marchant
 
A ground-breaking look at the new science behind the mind's surprising ability to heal the body, with advice and tips on how we can all use the latest research to...
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The Tidal Zone
(Paperback)
Sarah Moss
 
Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man and he is happy. But...
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£12.99
 
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The Gene: An Intimate History
(Hardback)
Siddhartha Mukherjee
 
Spanning the globe and several centuries, this is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. It is...
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£25.00
 
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The Essex Serpent
(Hardback)
Sarah Perry
Strange News Out of Essex...'One of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade' - Sunday Times 'The Essex Serpent is a novel to relish: a work of great...
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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever...
(Hardback)
Adam Rutherford
 
From the acclaimed science writer and broadcaster, a dazzling tour of the latest genetic discoveries which are blurring the boundaries between science and history.
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Miss Jane
(Hardback)
Brad Watson
 
'As unexpectedly beguiling as it is affecting.' Daily Mail Since his award-winning debut collection of stories, Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson's work has been...
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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes...
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Ed Yong
 
Helps you to learn the invisible and wondrous science behind the corals that construct mighty reefs and the squid that create their own light shows. This book shows how bacteria...
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Previous winners

2016 It's All in Your Head by Suzanne O'Sullivan

2015 The Iceberg by Marion Coutts

2014 Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon

2013 No award

2012 Circulation: William Harvey's Revolutionary Idea by Thomas Wright

2011 Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

2010 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

2009 Keeper: A Book About Memory, Identity, Isolation, Wordsworth and Cake by Andrea Gillies

 

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