McDermid to chair Wellcome Book Prize judging panel…

September 5, 2016 by Natasha Onwuemezi

Scottish crime writer Val McDermid is to chair the Wellcome Book Prize’s 2017 judging panel, which features leading figures from across the worlds of literature, academia, science and the media.

McDermid is joined on the panel by Simon Baron-Cohen, professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge; Gemma Cairney, BBC broadcaster and author; Tim Lewens, professor of philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge; and Di Speirs, books editor for BBC Radio.

The judging panel will be looking for the best book of the year – fiction or non-fiction – that engages with the topics of health and medicine. The prize aims to reach broad audiences, stimulating interest in and debate around medicine, health and illness through books and reading.

For the first time, the prize will release a longlist of 12 books, set to be announced in January 2017. This will be followed by a shortlist of six books in March 2017, with the winner being announced at a ceremony at Wellcome Collection in April 2017.

Read the full article on the Bookseller website…

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