MiLAN and The Wellcome Book Prize
MiLAN Collective brings a themed monthly book group around past winners of the Wellcome Book Prize. The MiLAN's book group usually takes place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, but keep an eye on the website/Facebook as we will announce any changes here. For more information about MiLAN's book group events, visit our Facebook page. These are the books that the group will be reading in the next months:
June 13th 2018, 6pm: Allan Jenkins, Plot 29
July 11th 2018, 6pm: Meredith Wadman, The Vaccine Race
August 8th 2018, 6pm: Sigrid Rausing, Mayhem
September 12th 2018, 6pm: Han Kang trans. Deborah Smith, The White Book
October 10th 2018, 6pm: Robert Sapolsky, Behave
November 14th 2018, 6pm: Maggie O'Farrell, I Am, I Am, I Am
December 12th 2018, 6pm: Lindsey Fitzharris, The Butchering Art
January 9th 2019, 6pm: Bernard MacLaverty, Midwinter Break
February 13th 2019, 6pm: Kathryn Mannix, With the End in Mind
The next book group will take place on...
WEDNESDAY 13th June
Venue: Flat Caps Coffee (6pm-8pm)
The book we have chosen to read and discuss this month is...
by Allan Perkins
As a young boy in 1960s Plymouth, Allan Jenkins and his brother, Christopher, were rescued from their care home and fostered by an elderly couple. They hoped they had found a new life and a family. There, Allan started to grow flowers in their riverside cottage, learning love from his time in their garden, his first experience of tenderness. Over the course of a year, Allan digs deeper into his past, seeking to learn more about his absent parents uncovering clues to his own hidden family history. What emerges is a vivid portrait of violence and neglect underpinned by kindness and one boy’s enduring love for his brother he couldn’t save. A beautifully written, haunting memoir, Plot 29 is a mystery story and meditation on nature and nurture. It's also a celebration of the joy to be found in sharing food and flowers with people you love.
Previously read by MiLAN's book group:
Wed 9th May
To Be a Machine, by Mark O'Connell
To Be a Machine paints a vivid portrait of an international movement driven by strange and frequently disturbing ideas and practices, but whose obsession with transcending human limitations can be seen as a kind of cultural microcosm, a radical intensification of our broader faith in the power of technology as an engine of human progress.
Wed 11th April
Stay With Me, by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
This Nigerian debut is the heart-breaking tale of what wanting a child can do to a person, a marriage and a family; a powerful and vivid story of what it means to love not wisely but too well.
Wed 14th March
In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer's, by Joseph Jebelli
A fascinating and very human story of the Alzheimer’s epidemic that affects millions of people around the world – and the race against the clock to find a cure.
Wed 21st February
I Contain Multitudes, by Ed Long
In ‘I Contain Multitudes’, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems.
Wed 10th January
How to Survive a Plague, by David France
‘How to Survive a Plague’ is the riveting, powerful and profoundly moving story of the AIDS epidemic and the grassroots movement of activists, many of them facing their own life-or-death struggles, who grabbed the reins of scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection into a manageable disease.
Wed 13th December
The Golden Age, by Joan London
Set in a convalescent hospital for children with polio, ‘The Golden Age’ is a radiant novel that tells a deeply moving story about illness and recovery, about learning to navigate the unfamiliar, about embracing music, poetry, death and, most importantly, life.