The Wellcome Prize began in 2009, and is awarded to either a fiction or non-fiction text which is a central focus on health, medicine or illness. The Wellcome Trust created this award to not only spark debate around the aforementioned subjects, but also to excite readers about this area of science.
For 2016, the chair of the judging panel is Joan Bakewell, and the other judges are Frances Balkwill OBE (Professor of Cancer Biology at Barts Cancer Institute and author), Damian Barr (writer and columnist), Tessa Hadley (novelist), and Sathnam Sanghera (journalist and author).
The Shortlist (see below) was announced 14/03/2016, with the final results on 25/04/2016.
- The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (memoir)
- Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss (fiction)
- It’s all in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan (non-fiction)
- Playthings by Alex Pheby (fiction)
- The Last Act of Love: The Story of My Brother and his Sister by Cathy Rentzenbrink (memoir)
- Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter about People who Think Differently by Steve Silberman (non-fiction)
Watch out for my review of the winning text after the results have been announced!