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A Wellcome Brunch

Posted on 7th April 2016 by Rob Chilver
Listen to four of the shortlisted authors for this year's Wellcome Book Prize.
Saturday saw the Wellcome Collection in London open its doors to book bloggers and readers eager to meet four of the six shortlisted authors for this year’s Wellcome Book Prize. After sampling an excellent brunch of bacon rolls and coffee, I settled down to hear from shortlisted authors Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun, Suzanne O’Sullivan, author of It’s All in Your Head, Alex Pheby, author of Playthings and Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love, and able host blogger Simon Savidge.

The Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the best new books that engage with an aspect of medicine, health or illness and is one that aims to find books that will intrigue and delight those that are ‘incurably curious’. This year’s shortlist is an interesting mix of titles, with books ranging from illness to alcohol addiction, ones certain to engage your curiosity.

Listen to the four shortlisted authors below then go explore the eclectic and entertaining list that makes up this year’s shortlist. 

The winner will be announced on April 25th, joining an exceptional alumni including Marion Coutts and her critically lauded memoir, The Iceberg (2015) Andrew Solomon for Far From the Tree (2014), Thomas Wright for Circulation (2012), Alice LaPlante for Turn of Mind (2011) Rebecca Skloot for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010), and Andrea Gillies for Keeper: Living with Nancy – A Journey into Alzheimer’s (2009).

By happy coincidence, I am currently exploring the books longlisted for this year’s Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction and have begun reading The Portable Veblen. After visiting the Wellcome Collection in the morning it seemed apt to be delving into a book that features individual’s neuroses, intricate brain surgery and, leaving the best till last, communication with squirrels. I’m only halfway through but if it continues the way it is, it might well be one of my reads of the year so far.


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