Wellcome Book Prize

Wellcome Book Prize is an annual British literary award sponsored by Wellcome Trust. In keeping with the vision and goals of Wellcome Trust, the Book Prize "celebrates the topics of health and medicine in literature", including fiction and non-fiction. The winner receives £30,000 making it "one of the most remunerative literature awards on offer."

 

2015 selection

The Iceberg: A Memoir

Wellcome Book Prize 2015

by Marion Coutts

Winner of the Wellcome Prize

A finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Costa Award

“A memoir quite unlike any other. It has the strength of an arrow: taut, spiked, quavering, working to its fatal conclusion...an...


2014 selection

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Wellcome Book Prize 2014, Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction 2013, Green Carnation Prize 2013, National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2012

by Andrew Solomon

From the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories...


2010 selection

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Wellcome Book Prize 2010

by Rebecca Skloot

Now an HBO® Film starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without...


2009 selection

Keeper: One House, Three Generations, and a Journey into Alzheimer's

Wellcome Book Prize 2009

by Andrea Gillies

Five years ago, Andrea Gillies— writer, wife, and mother of three—seeing that her husband's parents were struggling to cope, invited them to move in.  She and her newly extended family relocated to a big...