The Immortal Tale of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootRead about another book on the list.
I was halfway through my novel when I discovered – to my horror – that this book was coming out. Lacks is an important woman in cancer history and features in my book, albeit figuratively. She died of an aggressive cervical cancer in the 1950s, which was then maintained after her death as an immortalised cell line. I calmed down when I found out that Skloot’s book was biographical and, I like to think, a non-fictional counterpart to my own.