PERFECT PEOPLE on Wellcome longlist

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The Wellcome Trust Book Prize awards fiction and non-fiction titles that centre around the theme of health, illness and medicine. Peter James has been long listed for this prestigious award for his stand alone thriller PERFECT PEOPLE which enters the sinister the world of designer babies. Eight additional fiction and nine non-fiction titles join James on the longlist with the shortlist announced on 11th October and the winner of both the award and a £25,000 prize announced on 7th November.  

Director of Medical Humanities and Engagement at the Wellcome Trust, Clare Matterson, called the longlist 'an excellent and extremely diverse selection of books, reflecting the creative ways in which authors use medicine in fiction and non-fiction.' She went on further to say, 'These books challenge and entertain the reader in equal measures, but crucially make us reflect on the impact that medicine has on our lives.'

We are thrilled with the continued success of our longstanding client Peter James. And at the time of writing, Ladbrokes have quoted odds that make him the favourite to win!

Click here for more details on the Wellcome Trust Long List.


'He is best known for his No 1 bestselling Roy Grace crime novels, combining super-deft plotting, great characterisation and extraordinarily accurate procedure. But Peter James isn't just a superb popular writer, he's a great researcher...Now, his first stand alone novel since the extraordinary, though completely deserved, success of the Roy Grace series features all James' strengths, including his ability to capture a sense of real horror in a very real world.' -- Daily Mirror (Five star review)

' and gripping...' -- Jessica Hamzelou, New Scientist

'Peter James is acknowledged as being one of the top thriller writers in the UK, and his series of crime novels featuring DI Roy Grace are the best of the current genre.  But in his new novel PERFECT PEOPLE he has proved he can depart from the formula and break the mould... From the moment they meet the sinister geneticist who offers to create a new child from their cells, the pages just keep on turning themselves.  The ending is so horrifyingly scary that I was unable to sleep properly for several nights.' -- Joan Collins, The Mail on Sunday

"Brilliantly done, the emotional credibility of the characters is as good as it gets.  There's a movie in this book." -- Jeff Park, 'Front Row', BBC Radio