Thomas Wright wins the 2012 Wellcome Trust Book Prize

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.”

Wright receives a cheque for £25,000 as the winner of the prize, which seeks to recognise the best fiction and non-fiction on the theme of health and medicine

 

You can buy Circulation at your local Waterstones bookshop (http://bit.ly/s6sdlu) or online at Waterstones.com (http://bit.ly/TmEHls)

 

 

 

 

Below is a short trailer about the book:

 

 

The full shortlist was as follows:

John CoatesThe Hour Between Dog and Wolf

Nick ColemanThe Train in the Night

Mohammed HanifOur Lady of Alice Bhatti

Peter JamesPerfect People

Rose TremainMerivel: A Man of his Time

Thomas WrightCirculation

 

 

One thought on “Thomas Wright wins the 2012 Wellcome Trust Book Prize

  1. William Harvey comes vividly alive in this book. His continental learning and his “hott-head” personality drives against the accepted scientific dogma of the English establishment. The narrative is electric. A compelling read – a worthy winner indeed.

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