Posted on 11th Jan, 2018 by Martha Greengrass
A moving chronicle of love, endurance and survival against the odds, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a novel based on an extraordinary true story; the story of Lale and Gita Sokolov. Here, in an exclusive article for Waterstones, author Heather Morris discusses the man she knew, his incredible history and the challenge of bringing to life a love story unlike any other.
Posted on 24th Jul, 2017 by Martha Greengrass
'How can what is human in human beings be protected? That is the question I am trying to answer as I piece together the human spirit.'
A Nobel prize-winner, Belarusian journalist, activist and dissident, Svetlana Alexievich has made it her life’s work to bring people closer to the human face of conflict; interviewing women, children, ordinary citizens and soldiers, the true witnesses to war. Internationally acclaimed, her first book, The Unwomanly Face of War has sold more than two million copies worldwide but has only now been made available in English. An astonishing archive, giving voice to hundreds of Soviet women affected by the Second World War and its aftermath, the Times this weekend called it ‘a symphony of feminine suffering and strength’.
Here, in a new introduction written exclusively for Waterstones, Alexievich offers a rare glimpse into an extraordinary preservation of a forgotten history.
Anne Sebba has long focused her writing on the lives of truly iconic women, including 2011’s That Woman, the life of Wallis Simpson. Les Parisiennes casts her net more widely, picking up on the hidden heroism of the women who fought to undermine the Nazi occupation of Paris during wartime and their lives following the city’s liberation. Here, the author offers a living example of that spirited existence.
Seventy-five years ago today an unlikely partnership was born when Adolf Hitler allied the Nazi state with Joseph Stalin's Soviet Russia. Historian Roger Moorhouse explains why this event - often little more than a footnote in the narrative of World War Two - was so crucial: not only defining a third of the war, but also going some way to start it.
Posted on 31st Aug, 2014 by Elizabeth Buchan
Author Elizabeth Buchan shares her inspiration for her new book, I Can't Begin to Tell You, and gives us a glimpse at the women who worked in the shadows during World War II.
Posted on 14th Apr, 2014 by Donald V. Coers
With the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath today, Donald V. Coers shares the truly remarkable history of John Steinbeck's forgotten classic The Moon is Down - the novel which inspired the European resistance during WWII.
Posted on 5th Apr, 2014 by Clare Morrall
Man Booker nominated author Clare Morrall looks back at the discovery of a letter from her mother which led her to write her latest novel, After the Bombing...
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