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Heather Morris interview, Stories of Hope, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Cilka's Journey

Stories Of Hope | Heather Morris Interview

In the latest episode of the Love Your Library podcast, we chatted to bestselling author Heather Morris about what it takes to craft a story of hope.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris’ first book, has already become one of the best selling books of this century. She’s since written the follow-up title Cilka’s Journey and now Stories of Hope, which tells the ‘story behind the story’ of how Lale and Gita’s love story was, at last, shared with the world. In this interview, Heather talks about Lale’s extraordinary life, their friendship, and – above all –  the importance of listening.

The podcast team were also visited by Anne Marie from Bordon Library to talk about My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay, which is one of the many unlimited titles available on BorrowBox this month. Sissay’s moving memoir explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home and is written with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poets. This title is also September’s Hampshire Libraries’ virtual book club choice. You’ll find links to this online reading group, which we call Digital Readers, on the Hampshire Library Service Facebook page.

Other new unlimited titles for September on BorrowBox include:

  • Are you Sleeping by Kathleen Barber: a gripping debut psychological thriller
  • The Muse by Jessie Burton: the million-copy international bestseller author of The Miniaturist
  • The Secrets of Primrose Square by Claudia Carroll: a compelling, warm and poignant Dublin-based story
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton: winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize (audiobook only)
  • Home by Harlan Coben: another gripping thriller by this bestselling author
  • A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes: this broadcaster and classicist retells the story fo the Trojan War from an all-female perspective.
  • This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik: humorous and moving story of Bilal’s mission to build a mosque in his country village
  • Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce: A charming, irresistible debut novel set in London during World War II
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: a World War II thriller in which two young girls, one a Resistance spy and the other a transport pilot, become unlikely best friends.

Thanks to Heather Morris, Anne Marie from Library, Doc Jon for our music, and to our supporter BorrowBox, the library app that allows you to download eBooks and audiobooks straight to your phone or tablet. All you need is your library membership number and PIN.

During the podcast Mary and Kate also talk about booking study spaces at Hampshire Libraries. You can book a study space by calling 01962 454747.

Enjoyed this episode? You might like our interviews with Tracy Chevalier or Sara Collins.


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