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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

4.04 based on 386887 ratings & 25580 reviews on Goodreads.com

2010 Winner

The Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Macmillan

07 January 11
9780230752771
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£8.99
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Synopsis

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, now an HBO film starring Oprah Winfrey & Rose Byrne

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells – taken without her knowledge – became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta’s family did not learn of her ‘immortality’ until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . .

Rebecca Skloot’s fascinating account is the story of the life, and afterlife, of one woman who changed the medical world forever. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world.

‘No dead woman has done more for the living . . . A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book’ Hilary Mantel, Guardian

‘An extraordinary mix of memoir and science reveals the story of how one woman’s cells have saved countless lives’ Daily Telegraph

‘A heartbreaking account of racism and injustice . . . Moving and magnificent’ Metro

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An extraordinary mix of memoir and science reveals the story of how one woman’s cells have saved countless lives.

Daily Telegraph

No dead woman has done more for the living . . . A fascinating, harrowing, necessary book.

Guardian
A fine book . . . a gripping read . . . The book has deservedly been a huge bestseller in the US. It should be here, too.
Sunday Times