Based on a heart-breaking true story of love and survival, it tells of one man’s determination to survive and live a full life with the woman he loved. Lale Sokolov survived the horrors of Auschwitz, and the terrible job he had of having to tattoo the prisoners marked for survival.

I picked up this novel at Dublin airport because it was on the bestseller charts having not spotted it anywhere in the UK. You’ll know by the title that this is going to be an emotional read however it is also different account of what life was like in the concentration camps of WWII. It is heart breaking and heart warming at the same time.

Parts of the story are hard to read such as the scenes in the crematoriums which are heaped with bodies but these are intersected with tales of generosity as he shares out food when he can. Well worth a read and a timely reminder of the horrors of the holocaust and WWII.

Bonnier/9781785763649/£12.99

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