Stories of Hope – Heather Morris


In Stories of Hope, Heather Morris, author of the internationally bestselling novels The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka’s Journey, takes us on an inspirational voyage through some of the defining experiences of her life, including her profound friendship with Lale Sokolov, the tattooist at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Heather’s great talent as a listener – a skill she employed when she first met Lale – led him to entrust Heather with his life story, which she told in her bestselling novel. Now she shares how she learned to really listen to the stories people told her, some of which she has shared with millions of readers in her fiction.

An essential companion to The Tattooist of Auschwitz and an inspiring manual for life, Stories of Hope will examine and explore Heather’s extraordinary writing journey, in the form of a series of tales of the remarkable people she has met, the incredible stories they have shared with her, and the lessons they hold for us all.


I loved Morris’s first two novels (yet to read three sisters)… so when this became available as audio I was incredibly keen to listen. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed with it!

I was hoping for a collection of stories that were full of inspiration and hope, but it felt a little preachy to me in places, which is a shame.

Despite this, many of the stories were very interesting! Which is why I kept on listening and have given it a 3/5.


  1. What about it felt preachy to you out of curiosity? Just interested.

    I read The Tattooist of Auschwitz a couple of years ago, and whilst I found it to be a solid book, I felt a little uncomfortable reading it, knowing of the Auschwitz Memorial’s dislike of it. I’m interested in reading more into their objections.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts anyway. Great post!

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    1. The Tattooist I didn’t, purely this one I felt like that about! I just felt it was more of a ‘look how well I can listen’ in places, rather than about the stories themselves if that makes sense?

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