However, I have to say that the British science writer Kat Arney’s book Rebel Cell:Cancer, Evolution and the Science of Life is not boring at all, and only occasionally more dense in references than the lay reader enjoys. Mostly it’s a riot. Her central point is that cancer is just part of life. We’re not going to abolish it in a hurry, whatever the slogans say, and nor is it a brand-new phenomenon caused by civilised man. Certainly bad environments (including radiation from the sun itself) and abuses of the body, such as smoking, can trigger it, but even then they don’t always.