Announcing the Not the Wellcome Prize Shortlist

After deliberation and two rounds of voting, we as a shadow panel (Annabel of Annabookbel, Clare of A Little Blog of Books, Laura of Dr. Laura Tisdall, Paul of Halfman, Halfbook and I) have reduced the 19 longlisted titles to a shortlist of six books. A few of these were clear standouts on which we all agreed, while the others required more difficult decisions.

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

Constellations by Sinéad Gleeson

The Nocturnal Brain by Guy Leschziner

The Remarkable Life of the Skin by Monty Lyman

War Doctor by David Nott


We’re pleased with the quality and variety we’ve come up with here. While nonfiction dominates, we have included science fiction stories that raise questions about artificial intelligence and human development. The other books address gender inequality; cancer, chronic pain, and disability; circadian rhythms and sleep; anatomy; and surgery in war zones.

The shadow panel members will vote this coming weekend to choose a winner. In the meantime, I have set up a Twitter poll to run through Saturday, the results of which will serve as one additional weighted vote. Our winner will be announced one week from today, on the morning of Monday the 11th. Go forth and vote!


Which book(s) are you rooting for?


10 responses

  1. I haven’t read any of these so won’t vote but will be keen to see the results.

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    1. Feel free to vote anyway! Based on what you think most exemplifies the health theme, or what you’d most want to read.

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  2. So glad to see Constellations on your shortlist – it gets my vote!

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  3. Invisible Women is on my TBR list, so I guess I’ll root for that one!

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    1. A book with a very important message.

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  4. Sounds like a great list! I bet it’ll be hard to pick a winner!

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    1. We happen to think so 🙂 As usual, we will all award the books points, from 6 down to 1, and hopefully the totals will reveal a clear winner. There have been some surprises in previous years when we disagreed about a particular book.

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  5. buriedinprint | Reply

    ooooOOoooo the voting thing is always so hard. 🙂


    1. It wasn’t as fraught as it could have been 😉 And, luckily, there was a clear winner.


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