Wellcome Book prize announces 2018 shortlist

The 2018 Wellcome Book Prize shortlist is announced today, celebrating the many ways in which literature can illuminate the breadth and depth of our relationship with health, medicine and illness.

Of the six titles on the list, five are written by women and five are debuts.

Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Nigeria) Canongate Books

The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris (USA) Allen Lane, Penguin Press

With the End in Mind by Kathryn Mannix (UK) William Collins, HarperCollins

To Be a Machine by Mark O’Connell (Ireland) Granta Books

Mayhem: A memoir by Sigrid Rausing (UK/Sweden) Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Books

The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman (USA/Canada) Doubleday, Transworld

The winner will be revealed at an evening ceremony on Monday 30 April at Wellcome Collection.

The Wellcome Book Prize timetable