The Tattooist of Auschwitz was one of the most talked about books of 2018, around the world and within our little FRA community, so much so it even made FRA Book of the Year 2018. Today we hear the news that a sequel is coming and it’s to be released in the Autumn.
Cilka’s Journey will follow on from the Tattooist of Auschwitz and is likely to be just as heartbreaking. Here’s the blurb:
Her beauty saved her life – and condemned her.
Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.
After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child?
In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.
Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.
‘She was the bravest person I ever met’
Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Cilka’s Journey will be released on 3rd October and is available for pre-order now on the links below.