Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal wins Wellcome Book Prize 2017
The Wellcome Book Prize is delighted to announce that Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal and translated by Jessica Moore has been awarded the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize, which celebrates the best books engaged with the topics of health and medicine.
The winner was announced at an awards ceremony at the Wellcome Collection tonight, Monday 24th April.
Mend the Living is the first text in translation to win the Wellcome Book Prize, and the second novel to win the history of the prize. Across 24 hours, it tells the story of Simon Limbeau’s heart – from the fatal car accident that cuts short his life, to the moment when his heart will begin to beat again in the body of someone else.
The judging panel praised the lyrical exploration of the emotional, physical and practical complexities of organ donation. A film adaptation of Mend the Living will be screened in UK cinemas from 28 April, directed by the acclaimed French film director Katell Quillévéré, starring Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner and Anne Dorval.
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