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Literary fiction

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heather Morris
(UK: Zaffre, @BonnierZaffre, 2018; USA: Harper Paperbacks, @HarperCollins, 2018

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. He was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.

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Recommended by:
Graeme Simsion, writer
Graeme says: ‘Extraordinary – moving, confronting and uplifting … I recommend it unreservedly’

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