Wellcome Book Prize 2017
Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal was announced as the winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2017 on 24th April.
The Wellcome Book Prize is open to new works of fiction or non-fiction with a central theme that engages with some aspect of medicine, health or illness. This can cover many genres of writing – including crime, romance, popular science, sci fi and history. The Wellcome Book Prize aims to excite public interest and encourage debate around these topics.
Author Val McDermid, chair of the judges, said the novel was “compelling” and “ambitious”. “Mend the Living is a metaphorical and lyrical exploration of the journey of one heart and two bodies,” she said. “Over 24 hours we travel from trauma to hope, discovering both the humane aspect of organ donation and the internal dramas of those affected by it. Compelling, original and ambitious, this novel illuminates what it is to be human.”