I haven’t yet finished shadowing this year’s Wellcome Book Prize shortlist but I have already come across a novel which has very strong potential to be on next year’s longlist of books which engage in some aspect of health, illness or medicine. I enjoyed reading Jessie Greengrass’s collection of short stories An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It and her debut novel tells the story of an unnamed narrator who is expecting her second child with her partner, Johannes. During her pregnancy, she reflects on her relationships with her mother who she cared for during her terminal illness and her psychoanalyst grandmother known as “Doctor K”. Continue reading
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Sponsored by the Sunday Times and literary agency Peters Fraser & Dunlop, the Young Writer of the Year Award recognises the best literary work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by a British or Irish writer aged between 18 and 35, with £5,000 awarded to the winner for outstanding literary merit. Following a hiatus since 2009, it was relaunched last year and won by Sarah Howe for her poetry collection ‘Loop of Jade’.