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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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A heartbreaking account of a medical miracle: how one woman’s cells – taken without her knowledge – have saved countless lives. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a true story of race, class, injustice and exploitation.

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

With an introduction Sarah Moss, author of by author of 
Summerwater.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells – taken without asking her – 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 . 

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador; Main Market edition (27 April 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 464 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1509877029
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1509877027
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 3 x 19.5 cm

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