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11/08/09
Andrea Gillies’ KEEPER has won the inaugural Wellcome Trust Book Prize, an award worth £25,000.
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Posted by: Big Apple @ 3:17 am

Andrea Gillies’ KEEPER, published by Short Books, has won the inaugural Wellcome Trust Book Prize, an award worth £25,000.

The Wellcome Trust Book Prize is awarded to the finest fiction or non-fiction book of the year in which medicine (or medical science) is a central theme.

In KEEPER, Andrea Gillies writes about her decision to take on the full-time care of her mother-in-law, an Alzheimer’s sufferer.  Jo Brand, chair of the judging panel, said: “Andrea Gillies’ account of living with Alzheimer’s is the perfect fusion of narrative with enough memorable science not to choke you. It’s a fantastic book—down to earth and darkly comic in places. The judges found it compelling.”

Alongside Jo Brand, who is a comedienne, author and former psychiatric nurse, the other judges were BBC science journalist Quentin Cooper; former Welsh National Poet and non-fiction writer Gwyneth Lewis; poet and medical historian Richard Barnett; and author, poet and medical professor Raymond Tallis.

The other shortlisted books were ‘Illness’ by Havi Carel (Acumen Publishing); ‘Tormented Hope’ by Brian Dillon (Penguin Ireland); ‘Intuition’ by Allegra Goodman (Atlantic Books); ‘Three Letter Plague’ by Jonny Steinberg (Random House/Vintage); and ‘Cutting for Stone’ by Abraham Verghese (Random House/Chatto). 

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