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Coutts wins 2015 Wellcome Book Prize

In the UK, The Iceberg by Marion Coutts (Atlantic Books) has won the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize, worth £30,000 (A$57,745), for the best new work of fiction or nonfiction centred on medicine and health, reports the Bookseller. Coutts’ novel was chosen from a shortlist of six that included: Bodies of Light (Sarah Moss, Granta); Do No Harm (Henry Marsh, Weidenfeld & Nicolson); The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being (Alice Roberts, Heron Books); My Age of Anxiety (Scott Stossel, Windmill Books); and All My Puny Sorrows (Miriam, Toews, Faber). Chair of judges Bill Bryson said: ‘Coutts’ account of living with her husband’s illness and death is wise, moving and beautifully constructed. Reading it, you have the sense of something truly unique being brought into the world—it stays with you for a long time after.’ Coutts’ book has previously been shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and the Costa Biography Award. For more information about the Wellcome Book Prize, visit the website here.


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