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The Brits Love Rebecca

Rebecca Skloot wins prestigious prize in the U.K.

November 15, 2010 Rebecca Skloot’s debut work of nonfiction has won the Wellcome Trust book prize for the best work of fiction or nonfiction with a medical theme. The award carries a prize of £25,000 (about $40,000).

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, became a huge bestseller by telling the story of a Maryland sharecropper’s daughter whose cells were crucial in research that led to some of the twentieth century’s most important medical breakthroughs. Read Chapter 16‘s review of the book here and a new Q&A with Skloot here.