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Publisher Description

For readers of Schindler's List, The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes a heart-breaking story of the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.

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.


'Extraordinary - moving, confronting and uplifting . . . I recommend it unreservedly' Greame Simsion

'A moving and ultimately uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war . . . It's a triumph.' Jill Mansell

'A sincere . . . moving attempt to speak the unspeakable' Sunday Times

Fiction & Literature
January 11
Bonnier Publishing Fiction

Customer Reviews

dave03012003 ,

Amazing story

This book only took be a couple of days to read, I could not stop reading it , as the characters are so vulnerable and you want to read on to see their fate, truly heartbreaking but amazing to see so much love through something so evil, one of my favourite books, definitely recommend.

dancowales ,

Amazing story that I’ll never forget.

Amazing story that I’ll never forget.

LíliaJanete ,


I was in tears from beginning to end.... A read for everyone. This is a story to pass down to our generations.

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