March Book Club: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

March Book Club: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

facebookMetaWe’re super excited about this next Book Club, and we think you’re going to love it.

This month we’ll be reading and talking about The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.

This book has received never-ending praise from critics and readers alike, so what better way to celebrate than to bring the author herself in to chat with us!

For those who don’t know, this book is the product of years of interviews between author Heather Morris, and Holocaust survivor Lale Sokolov. Sokolov was a Slovakian Jew, held prisoner during World War 2 in the now infamous Auschwitz prison camp. After being apprenticed to the camp Tätowierer, he eventually became the chief tattooist. He learned the rules quickly: Keep your head down. Don’t cause trouble. And above all, tattoo whoever comes off the train and lines up in front of you, man, woman or child. One such prisoner was a young woman named Gita and in a place full of hate, Lale and Gita somehow fell in love.

You can read our full review here.

We will be joined by Heather Morris herself, who will be delving into her friendship with Lale and his life-altering love story. Another guest panelist will be announced shortly!

The Book Club is streamed live to our Facebook page at 8pm (AEST) on Wednesday 28 March 2018.

Make sure to tune in and bring your questions with you.

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                    Synopsis

                    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 ofTätowierer – 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

                    Publisher details

                    Based on a True Story
                    Author
                    Delphine de Vigan
                    Publisher
                    Bloomsbury
                    Released
                    01 May, 2017

                    Synopsis

                    What would you do if your closest friend tried to steal your life? Today I know that L. is the sole reason for my powerlessness. And that the two years that we were friends almost made me stop writing for ever.Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and unable to begin writing her next book, Delphine meets L.L. is the kind of impeccable, sophisticated woman who fascinates Delphine; a woman with smooth hair and perfectly filed nails, and a gift for saying the right thing. Delphine finds herself irresistibly drawn to her, their friendship growing as their meetings, notes and texts increase. But as L. begins to dress like Delphine, and, in the face of Delphine's crippling inability to write, L. even offers to answer her emails, and their relationship rapidly intensifies. L. becomes more and more involved in Delphine's life until she patiently takes control and turns it upside down: slowly, surely, insidiously.Based on a True Story is a chilling novel of suspense that will leave you questioning the truth and its significance long after you have turned the final page.About the AuthorDelphine de Vigan is French and lives in Paris. She has published several novels for adults. No and Me was awarded the Prix des Libraires 2008 (The Booksellers' Prize) in France.
                    Heather Morris
                    About the author

                    Heather Morris

                    Heather Morris is an Australian writer and social work administrator. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was auctioned by an Academy-Award winning screenwriter in the US. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is her debut novel.

                    Books by Heather Morris

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                    1. Marina says:

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