Val McDermid to chair judges for Wellcome Book Prize 2017

Celebrated Scottish crime writer Val McDermid is to chair the Wellcome Book Prize 2017 judging panel. The judges will be looking for the best book of the year – fiction or non-fiction – that engages with the topics of health and medicine. 

Val McDermid

Credit: Fraser Rice

Crime writer Val McDermid is chairing the judging panel for Wellcome Book Prize 2017.

Val is joined on the panel by:

  • Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge
  • Gemma Cairney, BBC broadcaster and author
  • Tim Lewens, Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge
  • Di Speirs, Books Editor for BBC Radio.

Kirty Topiwala, publisher at Wellcome Collection and Wellcome Book Prize manager, said: "Chaired by the utterly brilliant Val McDermid, the judging panel for the Wellcome Book Prize 2017 brings together a broad spectrum of expertise that will no doubt lead to many lively discussions about this year’s submissions."

Wellcome Book Prize is now in its eighth year. To recognise the breadth, depth and quality of submissions, the prize is introducing a longlist of 12 books for the first time. This will be announced in January 2017.

A shortlist of six books will be unveiled in in March 2017 and the winning author announced in April 2017.

You can read more about this year's judges – and previous winners – on the Wellcome Book Prize website.