Bill Bryson has today been announced as the chair of the Wellcome Book Prize judging panel and will be joined by leading figures from the worlds of literature, academia, science and the media to create a truly exceptional panel.
After weeks of celebrating all six books on our strong shortlist, Andrew Solomon was announced as the winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2014 for his book Far from the Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love at the Wellcome Book Prize Winner Announcement.
Sarah Wise’s book brilliantly exposes the phenomenon of false allegations of lunacy (and the dark motives behind them) in the Victorian period. Gaslight tales of rooftop escapes, men and women snatched in broad daylight, patients shut in coffins, a fanatical cult known as the Abode of Love…
Oliver Sacks’ book, Hallucinations, is an investigation into auditory, visual, tactile and olfactory hallucinations, their many guises, their psychological sources and their personal and cultural resonances.
To coincide with each annual Wellcome Book Prize, we have previously held an ‘Authors in Conversation’ event at Wellcome Collection. This year, to celebrate the re-launch of the Prize, we’re holding a series of exciting events so big and bold that they could not be constrained within our building, breaking free to spread knowledge and notions across the nation. Our judges and authors will be speaking at various venues about the shortlist, curiosity and medicine in literature. Do try to make it along to one if you can.
Adam Rutherford’s Creation is a gripping account of the synthetic biology revolution: how it is both unlocking the mystery of life’s origin and providing the means to engineer new life-forms from scratch.
Emily Mayhew’s Wounded is the story of a journey: from injury on the battlefield to recovery in Britain. It is the story of the soldiers themselves but it is also the story of those who cared for them – stretcher bearers and medical officers, surgeons and chaplains, nurses and ambulance drivers. People on the verge of collapse, overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of casualties and terrible injuries who, with determination and improvisation, saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Wounded is the story of the men and women who made it possible.
A story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. The novel follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical.