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Indelible Marks: Discovering the Extraordinary Story of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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. 

'No heroes, just people': Svetlana Alexievich on The Unwomanly Face of War

'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 and The Woman with No Name

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.

Book Club: Rogue Male

Book Club: Rogue Male

Posted on 25th Aug, 2014 by Guest contributor

Read the prologue to our Book Club choice for this week: Rogue Male.

The Devils’ Alliance

The Devils’ Alliance

Posted on 23rd Aug, 2014 by Dan Lewis Lewis

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.

Hitler's Canary

Hitler's Canary

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.

Inside the Village of Secrets

Inside the Village of Secrets

Posted on 29th Jul, 2014 by Guest contributor

Caroline Moorhead explains how she discovered the incredible story of Plateau Vivarais-Lignon - the village that defied the Nazis in Vichy France.

Book Club: Read All That Is

Book Club: Read All That Is

Posted on 17th Jul, 2014 by Guest contributor

Read the first chapter of our Book Club book of the week - All That Is by James Salter.

The Moon is Down - Steinbeck's most important novel?

The Moon is Down - Steinbeck's most important novel?

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.

Exeter, the Baedeker bombings and research

Exeter, the Baedeker bombings and research

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...

Book of the Month - Life After Life

Kate Atkinson discusses her Costa Novel of the Year winning book Life After Life, our Fiction Book of the Month for February...

Wendy Lower: Hitler's Furies

Wendy Lower: Hitler's Furies

Posted on 4th Oct, 2013 by Dan Lewis Lewis

We spoke to historian Wendy Lower about her book Hitler's Furies at today's Cheltenham Literature Festival...