Skloot wins Wellcome Trust Prize

The story of a poor tobacco farmer has won the Wellcome Trust Book Prize.<br /><br />Rebecca Skloot took home the &pound;25,000 prize for <em>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</em> (Pan Macmillan) last night (9th November). The Wellcome Trust Book Prize recognises outstanding works of fiction and non-fiction on the theme of health and medicine. <br /><br />The book, which took Skloot 10 years to write, tells the story of Lacks, a young Southern woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge and used in medical research including the development of the polio vaccine. <br /><br />Clare Matterson, director of Medical Humanities and Engagement at the prize said: &quot;It&#39;s wonderful that the prize has been awarded to a book that was such a labour of love for its author.&nbsp; <br /><br />Rebecca Skloot&#39;s work absolutely meets the objective of this prize.&nbsp; It has something of everything - a compelling science story, an emotional personal story and intriguing ethical dilemmas - and all woven together and written with great style.&quot;<br /><br />