UWE Academic shortlisted for Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Issue date: 26 October 2009


University of the West of England Dr Havi Carel, a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy from the University of the West of England has been shortlisted for the first ever Wellcome Trust Book Prize.

Her book 'Illness: The Cry of the Flesh' was one of six books to be shortlisted for this prestigious award, created by the Wellcome Trust to bring together the traditionally diverse fields of medicine and literature.

Dr Carel said, “It's a great honour to be shortlisted for this award. It's an encouraging sign that the Wellcome Trust have shortlisted a philosophy book. This demonstrates the growing interest in the philosophy of medicine, a relatively new field in this country.”

The book addresses the nature of illness and the changes it brings to the world of the ill person. It explores how illness should be understood as more than a merely physiological dysfunction. Havi adds, “I hope that healthcare practitioners as well as patients will read the book, that it challenges their perception of illness and that it provokes further discussion about how we understand illness.”

Comedian and former psychiatric nurse Jo Brand chaired the judging panel for the shortlist and was joined by BBC science journalist Quentin Cooper, Welsh poet and non-fiction writer Gwyneth Lewis, physician and author Raymond Tallis, and Richard Barnett, expert in the history of modern medicine. The other shortlisted books are:

'Tormented Hope' by Brian Dillon (Penguin Ireland)
'Keeper' by Andrea Gillies (Short Books)
'Intuition' by Allegra Goodman (Atlantic Books)
'Three Letter Plague' by Jonny Steinberg (Random House - Vintage)
'Cutting for Stone' by Abraham Verghese (Random House - Chatto & Windus)

The winner of the £25,000 Prize will be announced at an awards reception at Wellcome Collection, London on 4 November 2009.

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