And our shortlist is…


The shortlist for the Wellcome Book Prize 2014 has been announced. Our Chair of Judges Sir Andrew Motion revealed the six titles at a breakfast event held at the Wellcome Trust.

We are delighted to reveal that authors Elizabeth Gilbert, Emily Mayhew, Adam Rutherford, Oliver Sacks, Andrew Solomon and Sarah Wise are all in contention for this year’s Prize, which will be presented at a ceremony at Wellcome Collection on the 29th April.

The shortlisted titles, as chosen by our panel of judges, are:

  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (Bloomsbury)
  • Wounded: From Battlefield to Blighty by Emily Mayhew (The Bodley Head, Random House)
  • Creation: The Origin of Life by Adam Rutherford (Viking, Penguin Books)
  • Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (Picador, Pan Macmillan)
  • Far From the Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love by Andrew Solomon (Chatto & Windus, Random House)
  • Inconvenient People by Sarah Wise (The Bodley Head, Random House)

The list spans genres and brings together six thrillingly diverse explorations of medicine and health, including a novel about botany and exploration; the story of an injured World War I soldier; a survey of parenting and human difference; a scientific account of the story of life; a study of hallucinations; and a history of lunacy and asylums in Victorian times.

Andrew Motion said: “The six books on our shortlist take readers’ curiosity about the human condition in breathtakingly different directions – from frightening tales of ‘inconvenient’ Victorians to the strange world of hallucinations; from the return journeys of Great War battlefield casualties to an important new concept of ‘horizontal families’; and from a beautiful story of a 19th century explorer to a fresh take on the origins of life.”

Over the coming weeks we will be exploring and celebrating each book on the shortlist. We look forward to finding out what you think about the books so make sure you let us know via Twitter using the hashtag #WellcomeBkPrize.