On the eve of the Wellcome Book Prize ceremony, five of the finalists gather to share their stories and, in a spirit of friendly competition, vie for the £30,000 prize. Join us to hear tales of maverick surgeons, renegade pioneers, tragic addiction, heartrending infertility, and the end that awaits us all.

The Wellcome Book Prize is awarded annually to celebrate the many ways in which literature can illuminate the breadth and depth of our relationship with health, medicine and illness. This year, we’ll be taking over Cecil Sharp House to bring you a Sunday afternoon of stimulation, information and inspiration. Hosted by author and broadcaster Rick Edwards.



Sigrid Rausing on her memoir about the impact of addiction on a family, Mayhem
Lyndsey Fitzharris on her story of a visionary British surgeon who changed medicine forever, in The Butchering Art
Ayòbámi Adébáyò on what wanting a child can do to a person, a marriage and a family with Stay With Me
Kathryn Mannix on the biggest taboo in our society and the only certainty we all share: death, With the End in Mind
Meredith Wadman on the major scientific breakthrough that led to the creation of some of the world’s most important vaccines with The Vaccine Race.

Also shortlisted is Mark O’Connell for To Be A Machine. Mark is unable to join us for the event.




Cecil Sharp House

2 Regent's Park Rd
Camden Town
London NW1 7AY

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