Indian-American writer in Wellcome Book Prize list

Pulitzer Prize winning Indian-American writer Siddhartha Mukherjee's latest book 'The Gene' has made it for the longlist of this year’s prestigious Wellcome Book Prize.

Pulitzer prize winning Indian American writer Siddhartha Mukherjee
Siddhartha Mukherjee's book 'The Gene' has made entry into the long-list of this year’s prestigious Wellcome Book Prize. Photo courtesy: events in city

Mukherjee shared the news on Twitter.

Weaving science, social history and personal narrative, Mukherjee has written a history on genetics. The book animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fate and choices.

The longlist that features seven non-fiction and five fiction titles also includes "Mend the Living" by Maylis de Kerangal, "The Golden Age" by Joan London, "The Essex Serpent" by Sarah Perry, "Omo Deus" by Yuval Noah Harari, "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi and "Cure" by Jo Marchant.

"The challenge of judging the Wellcome Book Prize is that we have all had to read outside our own areas of expertise. That makes demands both of the judges and of the books.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
Siddhartha Mukherjee is also the winner of prestigious Pulitzer's prize.

"This longlist is evidence of the breadth, humanity and creativity at work in the submissions for the prize and we commend each of these 12 books for your reading pleasure," Val McDermid, Chair, Wellcome Book Prize 2017 judging panel, said in a statement.

Wellcome Book Prize is an annual award with GBP 30,000 prize money that recognises new works of literature, both fiction and non-fiction, that have a central theme engaging with some aspect of medicine, health or illness.

The shortlist for the 2017 prize will be announced on March 14 and the winner on April 24.

(With inputs from IANS)

Ashraf Jamal
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Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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