This week, we were delighted to receive a visit from Heather Morris, the author of the bestselling historical fiction novel that has taken the world by storm, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
Upon first reading, The Tattooist of Auschwitz seems too impossible a story to be true – except it is. The love that grew between Lale Sokolov, the Auschwitz tätowierer (tattooist), and his fellow prisoner Gita Furman in 1942 has captivated readers across the world ever since Heather Morris captured it in her book. That book has now been published in over 50 countries and has since gone on to become a New York Times bestseller – a phenomenal success for an Australian author!
For Heather, though, the most important thing was sharing this phenomenal story with the world. Heather revealed that she receives letters every week from readers who have been touched by the heartrending story of Lale and Gita (and she reads every single one!). Lovers of the first book also have Cilka’s Journey to look forward to, Heather’s upcoming followup to Tattooist that tells the story of the beautiful young woman Cilka, Lale and Gita’s fellow prisoner.
Now, last year’s breakaway hit is available in an edition for younger readers that will make the perfect classroom resource. The YA edition of The Tattooist of Auschwitz contains the same story as the original edition, but includes extra materials such as classroom discussion points, additional photos, maps and documents, and other educational resources.
Heather Morris came to Booktopia’s office to sign some copies of both the adult and YA editions of The Tattooist of Auschwitz for our lucky customers. If you are yet to read the book that everyone’s talking about, then now is the perfect time. Pre-order yourself a signed copy of the original The Tattooist of Auschwitz or the YA edition before we sell out!
You can also watch a short clip of Heather talking about her book below.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The young adult edition of the incredible international number one bestseller.
In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did too.
So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz...
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