Bakewell, Sanghera, Hadley, Barr and Balkwill to judge Wellcome Prize

Bakewell, Sanghera, Hadley, Barr and Balkwill to judge Wellcome Prize

Author, journalist and broadcaster Joan Bakewell is to chair the panel of judges for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016.

Joining Bakewell on the panel will be author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera, novelist Tessa Hadley, writer and columnist Damian Barr, and Frances Balkwill, professor of cancer biology at Barts Cancer Institute and an author of science books for children.

The £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the best new books that engage with an aspect of medicine, health or illness.

Bakewell said: “It’s a privilege to chair such a distinguished panel of judges for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016.

“The space where medical science and literature meet remains one of the most informative and inspiring areas in publishing today as shown by the strong shortlists the Prize has enjoyed in recent years.

“I look forward to this year’s submissions and finding a shortlist equally as fine.”

Wellcome Collection publisher and Wellcome Book Prize manager Kirty Topiwala said: “We are so thrilled to announce this exceptionally talented panel of judges for the 2016 Prize.

“This year’s judges embody an especially eclectic mix of personal experience and professional expertise – from literary to political, autobiography to biology. I think this will make for supremely exciting discussions and an insightful selection of books that spotlight the human experience at the heart of medicine.”

Marian Coutts won the 2015 prize for her memoir, The Iceberg (Atlantic Books).

The shortlist for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016 will be revealed in March next year, with the winner announced at the end of April.

(From left) Joan Bakewell, Sathnam Sanghera, Tessa Hadley, Frances Balkwill and Damian Barr.