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.
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.