The £30,000 prize crosses genres and, since 2009, has recognised an eclectic variety of extraordinary books, from novels (Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal) to memoir (The Iceberg by Marion Coutts) to popular science (It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan).
“The Wellcome Book Prize is an extraordinary literary award, not just for its highlighting of books that illuminate the human experience through engagement with questions of health and illness, but also its openness to various literary forms across fiction and non-fiction. The award is not just important in and of itself; it also presents a significant cultural argument about the necessity of literary engagements with scientific and medical themes. Receiving the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize has been among the greatest experiences of my life as a writer. It was an incredible honour to be chosen from such a varied and illustrious list of nominated writers, and I am still only beginning to take account of the transformational effects the award has had on my career.”