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."
The current prize for medicine in literature was inaugurated in 2009, but there was an older award with the same name. In 1998, Wellcome Trust began offering a prize that would enable a practicing life scientist to take time off and write a science book for the general reader. Applicants would submit a book outline and sample chapter, winners would then be obligated to write and publish the book. It appears the only winner was Michael J. Morgan for The Space Between Our Ears: How the Brain Represents Visual Space (2001), before the prize (for science writing) was discontinued.
From 2009-2012 it was called the "Welcome Trust Book Prize". In 2013 there was no award however there were changes to the prize including an increase in prize money from £25,000 to £30,000 and a new timetable of key dates: shortlist in February and winner in April.
Winners and Honorees
- Andrea Gillies, Keeper: Living with Nancy - A Journey into Alzheimer's
- Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone
- Brian Dillon, The Hypochondriacs: Nine Tormented Lives
- Havi Carel, Illness (Art of Living)
- Allegra Goodman, Intuition
- Jonny Steinberg, Sizwe's Test: A Young Man's Journey Through Africa's AIDS Epidemic, aka Three-Letter Plague
- Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Gareth Williams, Angel of Death: The Story of Smallpox
- Emma Henderson, Grace Williams Says it Loud
- John Nichol, Medic: Saving Lives - from Dunkirk to Afghanistan
- Lionel Shriver, So Much For That
- Tim Parks, Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic's Search for Health and Healing
- Alice LaPlante, Turn of Mind 
- Philip Roth, Nemesis 
- Louisa Young, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You
- Ann Patchett, State of Wonder
- Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
- Sarah Manguso, The Two Kinds of Decay
- Thomas Wright, Circulation: William Harvey, a Man in Motion
- Mohammed Hanif, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti
- Peter James, Perfect People
- Rose Tremain, Merivel: A Man of His Time
- John M. Coates, The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk-taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust
- Nick Coleman, The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss
2013 (no award)
Shortlist in February and winner in April.
- About the Wellcome Trust Book Prize
- "Prize for medicine in literature." The Times (United Kingdom) [serial online]. October 11, 2012. Available from: Newspaper Source Plus, Ipswich, MA. Item: 7EH1489323595. Accessed September 30, 2012.
- "New medicine book prize." The Bookseller (Oct 17, 2008, Pg. 6 (1)). Gale Document Number: GALE|A188642463
- Frances M. Ashcroft. Life at the Extremes: The Science of Survival. See Acknowledgments, pg.xv
- "2013: No prize awarded". Wellcome Book Prize. 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
- Joanna Bourke (10 October 2011). "2011 Wellcome Trust Book Prize shortlist". The Lancet. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
- "'Turn of Mind' by Alice LaPlante wins the Wellcome Trust Book Prize." (2011, Nov 10). Targeted News Service [Washington, D.C]. ProQuest document ID: 903209814
- "Philip Roth's polio novel among six books shortlisted for UK medical literature prize." The Canadian Press [serial online]. November 9, 2011; Available from: Newspaper Source Plus, Ipswich, MA. Accessed September 30, 2012.
- Charlotte Williams (15 October 2012). "Random House gets four nods for Wellcome Trust Book Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved November 09, 2012.
- "Thomas Wright wins Wellcome Book Prize". The Daily Telegraph. 9 November 2012. Retrieved November 09, 2012.
- Wellcome Book Prize, official website.