The shortlist for the 2012 Book Prize can be found below, along with a book club pack for each book. Book club packs contain a fuller synopsis, information about the author, discussion questions, a sample passage and suggested further reading.
Merivel: A Man of His Time
'Merivel' is the second instalment of Robert Merivel's story, which began in the Booker Prize shortlisted 'Restoration'. Robert Merivel, physician to the king, lives a life of comfort in 17th-century Norfolk. But his years of gallivanting are over, and aged 56 he begins to re-evaluate his life, his work and his loves. Looking for new purpose, he embarks on a journey to the French Court where - in the true style of his character - he runs into nothing but trouble. This is a tale of a comic and tragic midlife crisis told against the bustling backdrop of the early modern period.
This is a biography of the extraordinary William Harvey - arguably the greatest Englishman in the history of science after Isaac Newton - and his revolutionary idea. A brilliant portrait of 17th-century thought and imagination, set amid a pulsating world of blood, war and royal favour. This is the story of how one man, in discovering the circulation of the blood, overturned beliefs that had been held for centuries and presented a radical theory that is still relevant to this day.