Every year the Wellcome Collection celebrates some of the best books to have come out in the last 12 months that cover all aspects of what it means to be human. This year, the longlist of books includes fiction, non-fiction and memoirs covering topics ranging from grief and addiction, to Victorian surgery and the future of medicine.

Read on to find out more about the books and their authors.

The winner is announced on Monday 30 April at Wellcome Collection, London.

Read extracts from the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize shortlist:


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