Wellcome Book Prize

Wellcome Book PrizeThe Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the topics of health and medicine in literature. It awards £30,000 each year to the winning author, and aims to stimulate interest and debate about medical science through books and reading. To celebrate WBP2017 we have extracts from the six books on the shortlist, with the overall winner announced on Monday 24 April 2017. We have two sets of the full shortlist to give away on Twitter* and Facebook**, so head over to our social pages to find out more (prize draw closes 10am 24 April 2017).

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I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

In our final extract from the Wellcome Book Prize 2017 shortlist, Ed Yong explores the microbiota that teem all over and within our bodies, and the incredible ways they affect our lives.

The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

Read an extract from Sarah Moss' The Tidal Zone - shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2017 - about a family whose life is turned around when their 15-year-old daughter's body inexplicably fails.