Thomas Wright has beaten Rose Tremain and Peter James amongst others to win this year’s Wellcome Trust Book Prize.
His book Circulation celebrates the life of William Harvey and his quest to understand the movement of the blood around the body. A portrait of a time as much as of his extraordinary mind, the book is dotted with appearances from characters such as Francis Bacon, John Donne, and even Charles I.
Chair of judges Mark Lawson called it “a book that combines scholarly science with such narrative excitement that it will be a great surprise if we do not eventually see Circulation: The Movie.” He joked that “The book itself deserves the widest possible circulation.”
Below is a short trailer about the book:
John Coates, The Hour Between Dog and Wolf
Nick Coleman, The Train in the Night
Mohammed Hanif, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti
Peter James, Perfect People
Rose Tremain, Merivel: A Man of his Time
Thomas Wright, Circulation