The longlist for the Wellcome Book Prize has been announced today, with an incredible five out of the twelve titles included published by Penguin Random House: The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman (Black Swan), Behave by Robert Sapolsky (Bodley Head), The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris (Allen Lane), Mayhem by Sigrid Rausing (Hamish Hamilton), and Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty (Jonathan Cape).
The prize celebrates exceptional books that engage with the topics of health and medicine and the many ways they touch our lives. It awards £30,000 each year to the winning author, and aims to stimulate interest and debate about medical science through books and reading. This year’s judges are Edmund de Waal, Bryony Gordon, Hannah Critchlow, Sumit Paul-Choudhury and Sophie Ratcliffe. The shortlist is announced on 20 March, with the winners crowned on 30 April. The Penguin Random House shortlisted titles are: