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Published on Oct 23, 2012
'The Train in the Night', shortlisted for the 2012 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, tells the story of how it feels to wake up and realize you have lost your most precious sense, your greatest passion and your livelihood. This is music journalist Nick Coleman's reality when he suddenly turns half-deaf, losing not only sound but also silence. His extreme tinnitus means everyday sounds of any volume are excruciating and music is completely lacking in coherence. In a moving exploration of an illness and the narrative of a musical life, Coleman tells a funny, heartbreaking story of reliving the past to cope with a changed future.
The Wellcome Trust Book Prize celebrates the best of medicine in literature by awarding £25 000 each year for the finest fiction or non-fiction book centred around medicine.