The Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the topics of health and medicine in literature. It awards £30,000 each year to the winning author, and aims to stimulate interest and debate about medical science through books and reading.
The Prize crosses genres: fiction and nonfiction are both eligible, so its shortlists can include biography, crime, historical fiction, current affairs, sci-fi and more. Its judging panels include scientists, writers, journalists and public figures, and past chairs have included Jo Brand, Clive Anderson and Mark Lawson.
The Prize shortlists six books every February, and the winner is announced in April.
For 2014, the titles are as follows:
The shortlisted titles are:
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (Bloomsbury)
Wounded: From Battlefield to Blighty by Emily Mayhew (The Bodley Head, Random House)
Creation: The Origin of Life by Adam Rutherford (Viking, Penguin Books)
Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (Picador, Pan Macmillan)
Far From the Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love by Andrew Solomon (Chatto & Windus, Random House)
Inconvenient People by Sarah Wise (The Bodley Head, Random House)