How to Survive a Plague wins Green Carnation Prize
How to Survive A Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS
is a powerful and profoundly moving story of the AIDS epidemic and the grass-roots movement of activists, many of them facing their own life-or-death struggles, who grabbed the reins of scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Around the globe, the 15.8 million people taking anti-AIDS drugs today are alive thanks to their efforts. How to Survive a Plague
is based on David France's Oscar-nominated film of the same name, which was released in 2012 to critical acclaim.
The Green Carnation Prize is now in its seventh year and previous winners have included Marlon James, Patrick Gale and Annelise Macintosh. How to Survive a Plague is the third non-fiction book to have been awarded the prize.
After a unanimous decision by the judging panel, the award was announced in a ceremoy at Foyles Charing Cross Road. Of the book chair of judges John Boyne said:
'In this time of renewed activism in an increasingly uncertain world, France's definitive account of the AIDS crisis and the activists who changed the fate of so many lives, seems vital and important to inspire everyone, not just the LGBTQ+ community. We couldn't be prouder to choose this book as the rightful winner.'
How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed Aids by David France is out in hardback now.
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