Culture 2 December 2011 Cancer biography wins award Guardian First Book award goes to Siddhartha Mukherjee's book, <em>The Emperor of All Maladies</em> Print HTML Siddhartha Mukherjee's "biography" of cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies, has won the Guardian First Book award. The book has already been awarded a Pulitzer prize for general non-fiction. Mukherjee, an American oncologist, spent years writing the book - often on the bus to and from work. Its expansive narrative covers the history of the disease, how cancer remained a societal taboo well into the 20th century and our attitudes towards it today. Throughout Mukherjee includes moving stories and case studies of his patients. Click here to read an interview with Mukherjee in the NS, and an essay by Will Self on why the fear of cancer haunts us all. › Tackling climate change will require local, national and international action Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman Subscribe More Related articles The New Statesman's Fundamenta-list: the zeitgeist, then and now How Jo Brand found comedy in the world's most thankless job: social work Why is Britain falling out of love with Valentine’s Day?