The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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by Heather Morris

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/02/2018

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The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.

Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of tätowierer the tattooist to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance.

His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good.

This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz- Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.

"Extraordinary...moving, confronting and uplifting... a story about the extremes of human behaviour: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I recommend it unreservedly" Graeme Simsion

 "The Tattooist of Auschwitz has the quality of a dark fairytale. It is both simple and epic, shot through with compassion and love. Everyone should read it" Hugh Riminton

  "An extraordinary story of a single and singular life and its great love" Ashley Hay

ISBN:
9781760403171
9781760403171
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-02-2018
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
Heather Morris

Born in New Zealand, Heather Morris is an international number one bestselling author, who is passionate about stories of survival, resilience and hope. In 2003, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’.

The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her.

Heather originally wrote Lale's story as a screenplay – which ranked high in international competitions – before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Her second novel, Cilka's Journey, is the sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

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  • Compelling and Well written

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    A compelling novel which I will never forget. Am now reading Cilka's Story.

  • The Tattooist of Aushwitz

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    I absolutely loved this book and could not put it drop, you will laugh and cry.

  • Ian Slater on the Tattooist

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    One of the most understated, beautifully written books I’ve ever read. I was constantly waiting for a twist in the narrative and then remembered it isn’t fictional.

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