The Wellcome Trust has announced the nomination of Far from the Tree for the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize, describing it as
“A seminal new book on how parents relate to their children: it will change the way you think about families and identity.”
Also nominated for the prize are The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert; Wounded: From Battlefield to Blighty by Emily Mayhew; Creation: The Origin of Life by Adam Rutherford; Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks; and Inconvenient People by Sarah Wise.
In announcing the nominees, judging panel chair Andrew Motion stated, “The Wellcome Book Prize highlights the importance of literature in connecting medicine, life and art. We have produced a shortlist that covers an exciting range of subjects and genres — six excellent books that in their different ways all tell us new and often surprising things about the human condition.”
The Wellcome Book Prize awards £30,000 to the best fiction or non-fiction book from 2013 on a medical theme. The Prize seeks to encourage public involvement and encourage debate about the issues that the shortlisted books raise. This year’s winner will be announced on April 29, 2014.
The Wellcome Trust, founded by Sir Henry Wellcome in 1936, is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It is independent of government and commercial interests. The Trust invests in biomedical research and public engagement activities, financed from an endowment portfolio of £14.5 billion.