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Wellcome Prize Longlist 2018 Announced

9th February 2018

The 2018 Wellcome Book Prize longlist has been announced. The prize celebrates the many ways in which literature can illuminate the breadth and depth of our relationship with health, medicine and illness. This year's longlist includes popular science, memoir, lyrical meditation and medical history as well as three works of fiction. The full list is as follows:

Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s quest to transform the grisly world of Victorian medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris  Read an exclusive blog by Lindsey

In Pursuit of Memory: The fight against Alzheimer’s by Joseph Jebelli

Plot 29: A memoir by Allan Jenkins

The White Book by Han Kang translated by Deborah Smith

With the End in Mind: Dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial by Kathryn Mannix

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

To Be a Machine: Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death by Mark O’Connell

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen brushes with death by Maggie O’Farrell  Read an exclusive interview

Mayhem: A memoir by Sigrid Rausing

Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst by Robert Sapolsky

The Vaccine Race: How scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses by Meredith Wadman

The judging panel is chaired by artist and writer Edmund de Waal OBE alongside fellow judges Dr Hannah Critchlow, Bryony Gordon, Sumit Paul-Choudhury and Sophie Ratcliffe. Making the announcement De Waal said 'This is a remarkable time for readers, with a great flourishing of writing on ideas around science, medicine and health, lives and deaths, histories and futures.'

The shortlist for the prize will be announced on Tuesday 20 March, with the winner revealed at an evening ceremony on Monday 30 April at Wellcome Collection.




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