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Marion Coutts: “We’re terrible at dealing with death”

The winner of the 2015 Wellcome Prize has written a poignant memoir about coping with her husband's terminal illness

By Sameer Rahim  
Marion Coutts © Wellcome Trust

Marion Coutts © Wellcome Trust













On Wednesday evening, the artist and writer Marion Coutts won the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize worth £30,000 for her memoir The Iceberg. In The Iceberg, Coutts describes what happened to her and her family when her husband, the art critic Tom Lubbock, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008, and died in 2011. The chair of the judges Bill Bryson described her book as “Painful to read, but…

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