Wellcome Book Prize

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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",[1] including fiction and non-fiction.[2] The winner receives £30,000 making it "one of the most remunerative literature awards on offer."[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Winners and Honorees[edit]

Blue Ribbon (Blue ribbon) = winner



2011 [6]


2013 (no award)[5]


2015 [14]


  1. ^ About the Wellcome Trust Book Prize
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "New medicine book prize." The Bookseller (Oct 17, 2008, Pg. 6 (1)). Gale Document Number: GALE|A188642463
  4. ^ Frances M. Ashcroft. Life at the Extremes: The Science of Survival. See Acknowledgments, pg.xv
  5. ^ a b "2013: No prize awarded". Wellcome Book Prize. 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Joanna Bourke (10 October 2011). "2011 Wellcome Trust Book Prize shortlist". The Lancet. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ "'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
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Charlotte Williams (15 October 2012). "Random House gets four nods for Wellcome Trust Book Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Thomas Wright wins Wellcome Book Prize". The Daily Telegraph. 9 November 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Andrew Motion announces shortlist for the Wellcome Book Prize 2014". Wellcome Trust. 25 February 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ GrrlScientist (26 February 2014). "Wellcome Trust's Book Prize 2014 shortlist announced". The Guardian. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ Alison Flood (29 April 2014). "Wellcome book prize goes to Andrew Solomon's Far From the Tree". The Guardian. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ "The Wellcome Book Prize reveals 2015 shortlist". Wellcome Trust. 9 March 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Tumour memoir wins £30,000 Wellcome book prize". BBC News. 29 April 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 

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