'All About The Wellcome Book Prize'

MiLAN Collective and Blackwell's Newcastle are joining forces to bring a themed monthly book group around past winners of the Wellcome Book Prize.

If you fancy joining us for any of these sessions, you'll be able to get the books on offer from Blackwell's Newcastle branch - just mention at the till that you are part of the Book Group. All you need to do then is show up for a relaxed discussion with drinks and nibbles provided by Blackwell's.

The MiLAN-Blackwell's book group takes place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
For more information about MiLAN-Blackwell's book group events, visit our Facebook page. To see all the books that the group will be reading and discussing over the next 12 months, please click here.

The next book group will take place on...

Location: Blackwell's Bookshop, Newcastle

The book we have chosen to read and discuss this month is...

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body
by Jo Marchant


A ground-breaking look at the new science behind the mind’s surprising ability to heal the body, with advice and tips on how we can all use the latest research to improve our health and our lives.

- Can meditation fend off dementia?
- Can the smell of lavender affect the immune system?
- Can your thoughts ease physical pain?

In ‘Cure’, award-winning science writer Jo Marchant travels the world to meet the physicians, patients and researchers on the cutting edge of mind–body medicine, asking how the brain can heal the body and how we can all make changes to keep ourselves healthier.

Writing with simplicity, clarity and style, and covering an enormous range of material, [Jo Marchant] surveys with grace what we think we know, and what we would like to know, about the mysterious and troubling relationship between our minds and our bodies.
— The Guardian

Previously read by MiLAN-Blackwell's book group:


Mon 12th June
The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man and he is happy. But one day, he receives a call from his daughter’s school to inform him that, for no apparent reason, 15-year-old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing. In that moment, he is plunged into a world of waiting, agonising, not knowing.


Wed 10th May
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

‘The Gene’ is an epic, moving history of a scientific idea coming to life. But woven through it, like a red line, is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. 


Wed 12th April
Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal

Just before dawn on a freezing winter’s morning, three young men head out to the sea and go surfing. But on the drive home, their van suddenly veers off the road and one of them, Simon Limbeau, is propelled through the windscreen. At the hospital, Simon’s devastated parents are told that while he is brain-dead and on life support, his heart is still beating perfectly and could be recovered for use in a transplant. They are faced with an agonising choice.


Wed 8th March
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.


Wed 8th Feb
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences.


Wed 11th Jan
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

Dr. Jennifer White, a brilliant former surgeon in the early grips of Alzheimer's, is suspected of murdering her best friend, Amanda.  As Jennifer searches her own mind for fractured clues to Amanda's death, a portrait emerges of a complex relationship between two uncompromising, unsentimental, lifelong friends who were at times each other's most formidable adversaries.


Wed 14th Dec
Circulation by Thomas Wright

William Harvey’s theory of circulation was as controversial in its day as Copernicus’ idea that the earth revolved around the sun. Unleashing intellectual anarchy, derailing established ideas, & gaining currency far beyond the walls of the College of Physicians, Harvey’s revolutionary theory went on to permeate the culture and language of 17th century England.


Wed 9th Nov
Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon

Sometimes your child - the most familiar person of all - is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does? Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, Andrew Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices.


Wed 12th October
The Iceberg by Marion Coutts

In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tumour was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. This book is an account of a family unit, man, woman, young child, under assault, and how the three of them fought to keep it intact.