Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

Wellcome Trust Book Prize won by Andrea Gillies

6th November 2009

Andrea Gillies has won the inaugural Wellcome Trust Book Prize for her account of dementia.

Keeper, the author's account of her time caring for her mother-in-law who had Alzheimer's disease, has been named as the award's first winning title, scooping the writer a cheque for GBP 25,000.

Comedienne Jo Brand, chair of the judging panel, said: 'Andrea Gillies' account of living with Alzheimer's is the perfect fusion of narrative with enough memorable science not to choke you.

'It's a fantastic book - down to earth and darkly comic in places. The judges found it compelling.'

In a recent interview with the Sheffield Star, Gillies explained that she was inspired to write Keeper after seeing how dementia not only affects the sufferer but also those around them.

A number of prominent writers sat on the judging panel, such as physician Raymond Tallis, BBC science journalist Quentin Cooper and Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis.

The Wellcome Trust Book Prize was established to recognise works of fiction and non-fiction that look at the links between medicine, society and culture.

Other books featured on the prize's shortlist included Allegra Goodman's Intuition, Illness by Havi Carel and Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone.

Latest Blog
#FoylesFave: Dunkirk

This month history buffs and film fans are united as they eagerly await Christopher Nolan's portrayal of Dunkirk. Madga from our Birmingham branch reviews the accompanying book.

#FoylesFave: Theft by Finding

Meg from our web team discusses her love for all things Sedaris as his first volume of diaries is published.

Marian Veevers on Why No Woman is Simply a Product of the Time in which She Lives

On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, Marian Veevers explains why no woman is simply a product of the time in which she lives.

View all Blog Entries
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd