Friday, April 30, 2010
Carole and Ann taken in Carole's office at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of medicine, UCL
Well, we didn't win an award for the "Children of Craig-y-nos" but, along with four other runners-up, we received a certificate
commending us "for excellence in communicating medical and health information in a book for the lay reader".
The prize was awarded to "Medic: saving lives - from Dunkirk to Afghanistan by John Nichol and tony Rennell - a very worthy winner.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
“ A powerful story told in words and pictures assembled from first-hand accounts…reveals shocking details of children’s lives in a Welsh TB hospital.”
That’s what the judges say about “Children of Craig-y-nos”.
Well, I guess I never thought of it in that light. To me who spent four years in Craig-y-nos as a child it seemed normal. I didn’t know anything else.
It is only now with a distance of more than 50 years I realise in writing this book, along with Carole Reeves, that it was far from normal.
There are five books short-listed for the Open Book Award and the winner will be announced on Tuesday evening at a special presentation to be held at the Wellcome Foundation.
The others on the shortlist ( General readership, category) include “Manufacturing Depression, the secret history of a modern disease” by Gary Greenberg, “An Infinity of things: how Sir Henry Wellcome collected the world” by Frances Larson and “Medic: saving lives – from Dunkirk to Afghanistan” by John Nichol and Tony Rennell.
So you see the field is very strong…the miracle is that we have even got as far as the short-list!
I will be travelling by train from Scotland to London tomorrow…