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News 14/03/2017

Little Atoms partners Wellcome Book Prize as official podcast

Books by David France, Paul Kalanithi, Maylis de Kerangal, Sarah Moss, Siddhartha Mukherjee and Ed Yong have made the shortlist for the £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize, which celebrates exceptional works of fiction and non-fiction that engage with the topics of health and medicine and the many ways they touch our lives.

The list of six titles was revealed by Chair of Judges and celebrated Scottish crime writer Val McDermid in a press conference at the London Book Fair this morning (14 March).

For the fourth year running, Little Atoms will be the official podcast of the Wellcome Book Prize, interviewing the shortlisted authors. 

Neil Denny, broadcast editor of Little Atoms, said today: 

“I’m delighted that Little Atoms is partnering with the Wellcome Book Prize again, for the fourth consecutive year. There’s a particularly strong and varied shortlist this year, and while I don’t envy the judges having to choose between these great books, I’m very excited to get talking to the authors about their ideas.”

The full 2017 Wellcome Book Prize shortlist is:

  • How to Survive a Plague by David France (USA) Picador, Pan Macmillan
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (USA) The Bodley Head, Penguin Random House
  • Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal (France) trans. Jessica Moore MacLehose Press
  • The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss (UK) Granta Books
  • The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee (USA) The Bodley Head, Penguin Random House
  • I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong (UK) The Bodley Head, Penguin Random House

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    Henry Marsh is one of the UK’s foremost neurosurgeons. He has been the subject of two major documentary films, Your Life in Their Hands and The English Surgeon, which won an Emmy. He was made a CBE in 2010. He is the author of Do No Harm: Life, Death and Brain Surgery, which is shortlisted for the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize.

    Marion Coutts is an artist and writer. She wrote the introduction to art critic Tom Lubbock's memoir Until Further Notice, I am Alive, published by Granta in 2012. She is a Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and the author of a memoir, The Iceberg, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction in 2014, and has been shortlisted for the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize.