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Description - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW ADAPTED INTO A HBO FILM STARRING OPRAH WINFREY & ROSE BYRNE

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

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.

PRAISE FOR THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

"One of the most graceful and moving non-fiction books I've read in a very long time" Dwight Garner, New York Times

"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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780330426237
ISBN-10: 0330426230
Format: Paperback / softback
(235mm x 155mm x 29mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Pan Books
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; Columbia Journalism Review; and elsewhere. She has also worked as a correspondent for National Public Radio and PBS.

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