The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Paperback Published on: 04/10/2018
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz
This book disappointed me. The story itself is absolutely fascinating but I felt that Morris didn’t do it justice. She failed to flesh out her characters a... READ MORE
Tabby at Kendal
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A Story of Hope
Just like ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’, this novel is a story of hope in the most harrowing of circumstances. Heather Morris has brought us another dramati... READ MORE
Hebe at Fareham


I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart. 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. Read an exclusive article by author Heather Morris in which she discusses the real story behind The Tattooist of Auschwitz, her friendship with Lale Sokolov and bringing his extraordinary story back to life.

  • Publisher: Zaffre
  • ISBN: 9781785763670
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 258g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Memorable and heart warming true story
The true story of two people that met under exceptional circumstances, at a time that we can only imagine. Two people that met in a concentration camp in w... READ MORE
Barry Savage
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Fails to live up to the hype
I was very excited to pick this book up but was quickly disappointed by the author's style and voice. We're not given enough about the characters to really... READ MORE
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A tale based on love
Absolute astonishing book from start to finish, very beautifully written, I feel like I grew with Lale and Gita's relationship in the story, I found the s... READ MORE
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
An incredible love story
This is a love story unlike any other. It is incredible, moving and inspiring. Lale and Gita fall in love in a place where you would think love couldn't fl... READ MORE
Naomi at Chester
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Absolutely fell in love...
A truly harrowing, and somehow romantic love story set amidst the utter horrors of the Nazi death camp, Auschwitz. I have completely fallen in love with ev... READ MORE
Sasha Stamford
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
I read this book in one sitting. It's written so well I had to remind myself that this actually happened. You really feel for each of the characters and wa... READ MORE
Eloise Bouron
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
This book is extraordinary, if you’re a fan of this historical time period and learning about the unfortunate atrocities that took places then you will enj... READ MORE
Charlie Charman
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Good read
I like the look of this book and it's on my Christmas list , thank you for recommending it
Dawn Carver
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
This is one of the most compelling, moving and powerful books I have ever read. It was an honour to read it . Although fiction it's based on a true story -... READ MORE
Liz  Gaydon
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Definitely lived up to the hype..,
I was late to the party with this book...and normally I'm really fussy and stubborn about reading something that everyone else is raving about so had decid... READ MORE
Caryn Lennox
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A lie
What a load of rubbish obviously he was in with the Germans made out he was forced to do what he did no way he had jewels he had freedom he had his own pla... READ MORE
Karen Schiffer
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Let Down by the Writing
Historical fiction isn’t my favourite, but with the buzz surrounding this release had me intrigued, so I gave it a shot. It was a mixed bag. The horrors... READ MORE
Marcy at Cardiff
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A lightweight treatment of a heavyweight subject
3.5* I wanted to read this novel because mentions of it – overwhelmingly positive – kept popping up in my timeline on various Social Media platforms. On Am... READ MORE
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Strangely Uplifting
I received this book as a gift and flew through it in two sittings. Overall, I found this book to be strangely uplifting despite the horrendous setting and... READ MORE
Sara Scott
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Poorly written
The story is fascinating and in the hand of another author would have made a brilliant book. This book, however, is very poorly written. The dialogue leave... READ MORE
Karolina Kaminskaite
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Important. Real. Grounding.
This is such an important and needed book. The stories of the lives of the people who lived through the horrific experience of the Nazi rein need to be tol... READ MORE
Charlotte Young
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Emotional read but excellent.
This is a brilliant read. Such a journey of love, loss, sadness yet human strength perseveres through. Highly recommended.
Hayley Coventry
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
So moving
This is a really moving true story that follows the Tattooist of Auschwitz, Lale Sokolov who was imprisoned in 1942 and falls in love with Gita whose arm h... READ MORE
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Great story but badly executed
This was a great underlying story but the execution by the author was poor. There was no emotional connection to the characters.
Hattie Slate
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heartbreaking with moments of light in the dark
When starting this I didn’t realise that this was going to be based on a true story. The Jewish main character Lale volunteers to go to a camp in order to ... READ MORE
H wash
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a harrowing true story, but is just written so well that's it unputdownable. It is a book that I will recommend everyone read... READ MORE
Emma B
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
This book is SO beautifully written. It's like an emotional roller-coaster. You experience the joys of love and the tragedy of the holocaust within a few p... READ MORE
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Best book I’ve ever read - tear-jerking and beautiful
This is by far the best book that I’ve ever read - Heather Morris excels at creating an engaging and exciting story that makes you hang on her every word. ... READ MORE
Reuben Butt
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A difficult read - but for all the right reasons.
What can be said about this book that hasn't already been said? Well, the truth is not much. It's a beautiful literary work that brings to life the atroc... READ MORE
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Love and courage take any human being beyond expectation!
I started to read this book and couldn't stop. It's a very powerful story about love, survival, violence and courage. The author tells the story very well ... READ MORE
Ernesto Perdomo
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A moving true story
This story gripped me from beginning to end. It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit, what it can endure and tolerate in order to survive. It... READ MORE
Sally Barter
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
I find this novel quite difficult to review. It is an incredible true story, and Heather Morris has done an excellent job of transcribing it to novel form.... READ MORE
Cathy Ann
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Absorbing read
I couldn't put the book down! It was so beautiful written that you want to cry and smile at the same time. Even though I knew what happened at that time in... READ MORE
Naomi Shallcross
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Sad love story
I have read a few books about Auschwitz and the Holocaust which have all been great. However this one was different and told the sad but beautiful story ab... READ MORE
Jean Butler
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
I just couldn't put this book down x
The story of Lale and Gita, their hardships, loss, resilience, hope and love is a powerful reminder of how strong we really are. The close alignment with r... READ MORE
Charlotte Fitzgerald
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Read in a day
This book gripped me straight away and I couldn't put it down.
Esther Bennett
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
I read this book on a beach in the sun in a single day. I cried my eyes out and marvelled in the beauty of the writing and the incredible bravery of the ma... READ MORE
Sophie Acton
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Touching, Educational and Entertaining
The horrors of the living hell of Auschwitz as described through the eyes of somebody who experienced it first hand. You can't help but be horrified all ov... READ MORE
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heartache and history
I am searching for words to describe this book but I am at a loss. Nothing seems good enough. It is a harrowing, heart breaking tale of a young man trying... READ MORE
Kathryn  Sharples
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Deeply moving and thought provoking.
This is one of the most moving and thought provoking books I've read. It is hard to put in to words the feelings it generates from disbelief to anger to ho... READ MORE
Lee Alexander
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A jew from Slovakia is transferred to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and becomes the tattooist who tattoos the numbers on prisoners' arms. He al... READ MORE
Jessica Handley
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
This book is so poorly written it is an insult to the memory of all those who suffered in Auschwitz and any of their surviving relatives. Heather Morris m... READ MORE
Linda Livingstone
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Real page turner!
is book was incredible, could not put it down! The characters just feel so real and I could really sympathise with them! Gives an amazing insight into not ... READ MORE
Brittany Muir
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Completely hooked
I want to say I loved this book, however I feel the word “loved” is not the right word due to the topic of the story. I literally couldn’t put the book dow... READ MORE
Sophie Ashcroft
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Touching, tense, heartbreaking but also heartwarming. I couldn’t put it down.
I don’t want to spoil the story, but this is a tale of how something wonderful came out of something truly horrific. It is honest about the atrocity of the... READ MORE
Alison Donn
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
An amazing must read book...
A thrilling read that grips you from start to finish. A true story of someones harships and the life they had to live through yet survived it all. Would re... READ MORE
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Absolutely incredible book
This book is incredible. A must read for everyone. It was highly recommended to me and I would do so to anyone else. Moving, sad, thought provoking and ins... READ MORE
Natalie Liddle
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A jolting account of sheer 'Courage' and 'Optimism'!!
Unsure of how love can blossom in a place where each day leaves you with the uncertainty of your survival, I was intrigued to read this fine piece of work ... READ MORE
Kartik Somani
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
deep and touching. unforgettable
one of my favourite books, English is not my mother tongue however it was easy to read and follow. very interesting especially the way to present a real st... READ MORE
Najeebab Aldhamin
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A must read.....a book that you can't put down
This book has had me hooked. I read this book in 5 days during the evenings and I can honestly say it is a must read. The story is amazing, breath taking ... READ MORE
Chrystal Reilly
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A sad, but beautiful story!
I absolutely loved reading this book! It is a true depiction of harrowing times in the wars and concentration camps, but also a beautiful story of how two ... READ MORE
Chloe Broderick
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
I cried with sadness and happiness. I finished this in a day, the determination love and courage that seeps through the pages is just incredible.
Cara Perry
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Cannot put down
This book is absolutely fantastic you cannot put it down. It shows the will to live and the power of love. Great read.
Silviya Filipova
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Amazing story!
Beautiful story, beautiful book. Once again my heart goes out to all Holocaust survivals, to all of them heroes and all of them who lost their lives in ths... READ MORE
Angela W
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
I read this book in 3 days, it kept me hooked constantly, I didn’t want to put it down. It’s such an empowering and emotional story that I am thrilled has ... READ MORE
Jodie Higginson Brown
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
It must have been very difficult for Lale to convey his emotions to Hillary after such a long time. Even for him to remember the dreadful events that happ... READ MORE
Patricia Mcgookin
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
An Astonishing Book
This was such an astonishing and beautifully written book about love, sadness and fear. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a fantastic read.
Dottie Fennelly-Hunt
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
I was nervous as to what I would entail when I started this book but all I can say is wow. It’s an emotional rollercoaster for sure and really keeps you ... READ MORE
Mollie Barker
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Harrowing but compelling read
I have always had an interest in the subject of the Holocaust. I don't know why, but it's something I like to read about and something that I think should ... READ MORE
lisa hardy
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heartbreaking tale
I really enjoyed this book it was so interesting to read. I couldn’t put the book down I did not want it to end I want to know more. The story line was int... READ MORE
Caitlin Bagnall
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Amazing and heartbreaking at times
Based on a true story this book is a heartbreaking, poignant and at time a difficult read. It tells the story of Lale Sololov who is a prisoner in Auschwi... READ MORE
Leona OMahony
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The heart breaking story of how the human spirit can endure so much but still not give up hope.
My youngest sister was the person who introduced me to this book. She read it in school and kept encouraging the rest of the family to read it and I'm so h... READ MORE
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A review by @abelreviews
The Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 9/10 It took me around 2 weeks to read this book only because I wanted to take time and enjoy the book for as ... READ MORE
Abel Reviews
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
I loved this book, it is beautifully written and you can really feel the devastation caused by the nazis in Germany. The protagonist is in love and they ar... READ MORE
Annabelle Heritage
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
A powerful story
This is a fascinating and heartbreaking story, made all the more affecting by the knowledge that it is based on a true story. I didn't think that it was pa... READ MORE
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
This is an AMAZING book that is set in the darkest poin of world war 2. It is a great story about how true love can be found in times of segregation, anti-... READ MORE
Taylor-Jay Barrett
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Hugely disappointing
I can't believe how bad this book is, compared to the hype, 5 star reviews and massive global sales. It lacks all the elements of skilled story making: no... READ MORE
Ian C