Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz features in the latest WHSmith Richard and Judy Book Club line-up launched today (4th October).
The historical novel, published by Zaffre, is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz. When Lale, given the job of tattooing the prisoners, saw Gita waiting in line, it was love at first sight. In that moment he determined to keep them both alive. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money take from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive.
“This book is rooted in truth. It is based on the true story of one of the prisoners forced to tattoo blue identification numbers onto the arms of fellow Nazi concentration camp inmates. What a story, full of love, courage, defiance, hope and humour.”
Richard and Judy
The book has sold more than three quarters of a million copies worldwide so far, with the TV rights being optioned by Synchronicity Films for a multi-part, high-end international drama series.
You can read Richard and Judy’s reviews here.