The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable organization dedicated to improve human and animal health. The book prize recognizes excellence in novels or non-fiction works with a medical theme.
The titles on this year's shortlist are:
Angel of Death: The Story of Smallpox by Gareth Williams
Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Medic: Saving Lives from Dunkirk to Afghanistan by John Nicol and Tony Rennell
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So Much for That by Lionel Shriver
Teach Us to Sit Still by Tim Parks
The winner will be announced on November 9.
This came via the Toronto Public Library's Book Buzz Newsletter. I'd never heard of this book prize and am intrigued by the award criteria.
I've listened to the audiobook of Lionel Shriver's So Much For That and though it was a terrific novel covering some very difficult issues. I've just downloaded the The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks audiobook from the library and that''ll be up next.