Siddhartha Mukherjee's novel on British Literary prize longlist

Mukherjee's "The Song of the Cell" made the longlist for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, celebrating non-fiction excellence.

Rishika Bhardwaj

Siddhartha Mukherjee / Image - Simon & Schuster

Indian-origin physician Siddhartha Mukherjee, famous for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Emperor of All Maladies," has returned to the spotlight with his newest work, “The Song of the Cell.”

First published in November 2022 by Vintage, the novel was included among 12 other books in the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction longlist.

Open to authors worldwide the prize includes various topics like current affairs, history, politics, science, sports, travel, biography, autobiography, and the arts. For the 25th anniversary, the winner gets $6,2460, and the shortlisted authors get $6,246 each (up from $1,249), making the total prize worth $93,690. 

In the novel, Mukherjee delves deep into its world of the fundamental unit of life, cells. He portrays how the study of cells transformed the field of medicine, allowing physicians to re-conceive diseases such as hip fractures, cardiac arrest, Alzheimer's, AIDS, and lung cancer as abnormalities at the cellular level.

"The Song of the Cell" weaves together the stories of scientists, doctors, and patients whose lives hang in the balance of their work. Spanning 496 pages in its hardcover edition, the novel has complex scientific concepts accessible to everyone. 


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