Divided: Orwell Prize Nomination

11 May 2023

We are thrilled to announce that Divided: Racism, Medicine and Why We Need to Decolonise Healthcare by Annabel Sowemimo has been nominated for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2023, and that Dr Annabel is the first Black British woman to be a finalist for this prize. Profile Books and Wellcome Collection could not be more proud of our brilliant author and her important debut. The winners of all the 2023 Orwell Prizes will be announced at the Prize Ceremony on 22nd June.

Divided is vital, eye-opening exploration of race and health. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all too aware of the urgent health inequalities that plague our world. But these inequalities have always been urgent: modern medicine has a colonial and racist history.

Here, in an essential and searingly truthful account, Annabel Sowemimo unravels the colonial roots of modern medicine. Tackling systemic racism, hidden histories and healthcare myths, Sowemimo recounts her own experiences as a doctor, patient and activist.

Divided exposes the racial biases of medicine that affect our everyday lives and provides an illuminating – and incredibly necessary –insight into how our world works, and who it works for.


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