Details of the third Wellcome Trust Book Prize winner, and the 2011 shortlist and judging panel.
The third Wellcome Trust Book Prize has been awarded to Alice LaPlante for her debut novel ‘Turn of Mind’, a tale of a family’s secrets exposed by murder and a brilliant mind in terminal decline. It is the first work of fiction to win the Prize, triumphing ahead of Philip Roth’s study of a polio epidemic in wartime Newark, ‘Nemesis’, and Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning history of cancer, ‘The Emperor of All Maladies’.
'Turn of Mind' (Random House, Harvill Secker) is written from the perspective of Dr Jennifer White, an eminent former surgeon in the final stages of Alzheimer's who comes under suspicion after the murder of her best friend. As the novel progresses, our narrator's mind collapses as she enters the last stages of dementia.
Find out more about the six shortlisted books.
• 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer' by Siddhartha Mukherjee
• 'Turn of Mind' by Alice LaPlante
• 'Nemesis' by Philip Roth
• 'The Two Kinds of Decay' by Sarah Manguso
• 'My Dear I Wanted to Tell You' by Louisa Young
• 'State of Wonder' by Ann Patchett