The Wellcome Prize has been awarded to the French author Maylis de Kerangal for Mend the Living, a novel about organ donation. The story follows Simon, whose heart is destined to save the life of another after he is the victim of a tragic car accident.
This makes history as only the second ever author to win the prize with a novel, as it is a prize dedicated to celebrating books focused on medicine and health. It is also the first novel in translation to be awarded the prize.
In other book news:
This year’s Stella Prize has been won by Heather Rose for the novel The Museum of Modern Love. Rose’s book won the coveted £30,000 Australian award, but took eleven years to write. It is about the artist Marina Abramovic, who in 2010 performed The Artist is Present at New York’s MoMA, in which she sat silent at a table for the three-month-long piece and invited audience members to sit and gaze at her.
To celebrate World Book Day the British entrepreneur Richard Branson published a selection of seventy well-chosen ‘must-read’ books. The list contains children’s classics, such as Peter Pan, beloved novels and surprising non-fiction, such as In-N-Out Burger: A Behind the Counter Look at the Fast-food Chain the Breaks All the Rules. The full list is available here.
Do you enjoy taking a peek at brand new books hitting our shelves soon? Buzzfeed has created a list of 31 titles to watch out for in the next couple of months, including the new Jeff VanderMeer and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.