MEND THE LIVING wins the Wellcome Book Prize 2017

Maylis de Kerangal's audacious twenty-four-hour epic, Mend the Living, was last night awarded the Wellcome Book Prize 2017, the very first time a translated title has won the prize, and only the second ever fiction winner. 

In its beautiful, soaring translation by Jessica Moore, Mend the Living is a novel that leaves a deep impression on all who read it. Cinematic in scope and heart-shattering in its explorations of relationships and humanity, it is the story of a young man with his life ahead of him, a woman forced to confront her mortality and the heart that binds them both.

In awarding the prize, Chair of the Judges, Val McDermid, commented: "Mend the Living is a metaphorical and lyrical exploration of the journey of one heart and two bodies ... Compelling, original and ambitious, this novel illuminates what it is to be human."

If you are yet to be swept away by Mend the Living, you can read an opening excerpt here.

mainElise Williams