Books for the incurably curious

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.

The 2014 Wellcome Book Prize timetable

Last year's winner