Books of the year 2010 | A C Grayling

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Roy Hattersley's David Lloyd George: the Great Outsider (Little, Brown, £25) is wrought with a politician's insight, a historian's acumen and a fine writer's command. Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Macmillan, £18.99) is a moving and mordantly educative account of how the cancer cells taken from a young black woman from Baltimore have been central to many medical advances in the past half-century. Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury, £18.99) thoroughly deserved the Booker win that several of his earlier novels also deserved.

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This article first appeared in the 22 November 2010 issue of the New Statesman, Advantage Cameron