The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a novel about love, courage and human tenacity in the face of destruction and devestation. It is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. Lale is comes ffrom Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, and immediately stands out toContinue reading “The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris”

Folkestone Book Festival 2017

The annual Folkestone Book Festival is back, and the programme is as packed as ever with writers, publishers, authors, actors and comedians all ready to discuss books and their place in the world. Taking place from Friday 17th November to Sunday 26th November, it features an impressive selection of talks, workshops and performances from localContinue reading “Folkestone Book Festival 2017”

A Secret Sisterhood by Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney

Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney’s A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf focuses on the friendships between our favourite female novelists. Lonely spinsters with nothing else to do and no one else to love, socially inept, and thus focusing on solely on their words. The myth of the artist’sContinue reading “A Secret Sisterhood by Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney”

Zadie Smith at London’s Royal Festival Hall

Zadie Smith looks genuinely shy at the rapture she receives walking onto the stage at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. She shouldn’t be. This smart, sassy writer is, as host Ted Hodgkinson, Southbank Centre’s Senior Programmer in Literature and Spoken Word, she is one of the ‘essential voices of our time.’ Most of her booksContinue reading “Zadie Smith at London’s Royal Festival Hall”

Words at the Southbank

If ever we needed proof that literature is relevant, universal and timeless, the Southbank Centre’s summer and autumn programme provides it. Across the next few months authors, poets and writers will be responding to the current political and social climate through the magic or words. John le Carré introduces his new novel, A Legacy ofContinue reading “Words at the Southbank”