This is the second year that I have been on the Shadow Panel for the Wellcome Book Prize and for a list of books that vary in content style and subject you can’t really get any better. It is their tenth anniversary too, so if you want to find a book that is worth reading that had some aspect of health as its core theme, then trawling their backlist of long and shortlisted titles is a great place to start.
The shortlisted books were:
Amateur by Thomas Page McBee
Heart: A history by Sandeep Jauhar
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
Mind on Fire by Arnold Thomas Fanning
Murmur by Will Eaves
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
All five of us read all of the shortlisted books and at the end score them from 6 down to 1. This year it wasn’t as clear cut as last year, as each of us had our favourite books, but with the scored totted up our winner this year was:
And it won by just a single point! It is well worth reading, but not when you are having your tea.
Congratulations to Sarah Krasnostein. Looking forward to hearing who is the official winner on Wednesday too, and I am hoping I can get the time off work to go up and hear it live.