News ID: 189367
Published: 0535 GMT March 14, 2017

The book that made Bill Gates cry up for Wellcome Book Prize

The book that made Bill Gates cry up for Wellcome Book Prize

It was enough to bring Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates to tears — a memoir by neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi who died of lung cancer in 2015 age 37.

'When Breath Becomes Air' has now been shortlisted for the prestigious the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize, which recognizes books about health or illness, BBC reported.

Kalanithi's book is one of the six-strong shortlist for this year's Wellcome Book Prize.

Kalanithi's memoir chronicles his journey from medical student to neurosurgeon, patient and father before he died while still writing the book.

According to, the acclaimed book is the first posthumously published title to be in contention for the £30,000 prize.

Gates declared on his blog: "This is the best non-fiction story I've read in a long time."

The winner of the prize will be announced on April 24.

It is the first posthumous work to be considered for the prize, where both non-fiction and fictional books are eligible.

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