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The incredible, bestselling memoir of survival, hope and empowerment


THE AWARDWINNING INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

'One of those rare and eternal stories you don't want to end and that leave you forever changed' - Desmond Tutu


'A masterpiece of holocaust literature. Her memoir, like her life, is extraordinary, harrowing and inspiring in equal measure' – The Times Literary Supplement

‘I can’t imagine a more important message for modern times. Eger’s book is a triumph' - The New York Times

'Little dancer', Mengele says, ‘dance for me’

In 1944, sixteen-year-old ballerina Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Separated from her parents on arrival, she endures unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. When the camp is finally liberated, she is pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.

The horrors of the Holocaust didn't break Edith. In fact, they helped her learn to live again with a life-affirming strength and a truly remarkable resilience.

The Choice is her unforgettable story. It shows that hope can flower in the most unlikely places.

Reviews

Edith’s strength and courage are remarkable in this memoir as she draws on her own unthinkable experience in Nazi concentration camps to become a therapist and help others recover from all kinds of hardship. Her life and work are an incredible example of forgiveness, resilience and generosity.

Sheryl Sandberg

I can’t imagine a more important message for modern times. Eger’s book is a triumph, and should be read by all who care about both their inner freedom and the future of humanity

The New York Times

I can't imagine a more important message for modern times

New York Times Book review

I can’t describe to you how powerful this book is … I barely have words.

Marian Keyes

Eger's remarkable spirit shines through in every word

Stylist

A masterpiece of holocaust literature. Her memoir, like her life, is extraordinary, harrowing and inspiring in equal measure

The Times Literary Supplement

Exceptional…Eger became a friend of Viktor Frankl…and The Choice is a wonderful companion piece to his classic memoir Man’s Search for Meaning. Both books are full of hope…and leave you marvelling at the resilience of mankind

Daily Express

One of the most incredible [stories] I’ve ever read – and one you must read too

Sun

Rocket-fuelled inspiration

Psychologies

Deeply moving...extraordinary insight...It is not surprising that, when Eger speaks, her audiences are roused to give her a standing ovation. For they are not only honouring Edith Eger but also the triumph of the human spirit.

Jewish Chronicle

There have been many heartrending Holocaust books. But few as powerful as this new memoir by a ballet dancer.

Daily Mail

Important...gripping...a universal message of hope.

Philip Zimbardo, author of, The Lucifer Effect

A beautiful memoir, reminiscent of the great works of Anne Frank and Viktor Frankl. But it is more than a book—it’s a work of art. It gave me goosebumps, the kind that grace you in transcendent moments of appreciating a Mozart sonata, an Elizabeth Barrett Browning sonnet, or the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg

It will inevitably be filmed. Read the book first

The Observer & Guardian online

Edith Eva Eger is my kind of hero. She survived unspeakable horrors and brutality; but rather than let her painful past destroy her, she chose to transform it into a powerful gift – one she uses to help others heal.

Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle

This warm, compassionate and truly extraordinary book is much more than a remarkable Holocaust survivor story. It is at heart an examination of the human spirit and how it can be helped to survive after trauma. Like Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl, a more important book for our times is hard to imagine.

The Bookseller

Compelling and irresistible. A genuine, honest-to-goodness life-changer.

Good Housekeeping

Inspirational

Express

Powerful ... hard to put down.

Choice Magazine

Comparisons to Man's Search for Meaning are natural but this work has the potential to be even more bold.

Michael Berenbaum, Former Project Director, US Holocaust Memorial Museum

The distressed fabric of the author's traumatic past becomes a beautiful backdrop for a memoir written with integrity and conviction...A searing, astute study of intensive healing and self-acceptance through the absolution of suffering and atrocity.

Kirkus Reviews

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781846045127

    August 20, 2018

    Rider

    RRP $28.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781846045110

    September 15, 2017

    Rider

    192 pages

    RRP $40.00

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Extract

Leave a Stone

I can’t imagine going back to hell without Magda. “Fly to Kraków tonight,” I beg Magda the next morning from the phone in the Hotel zum Türken lobby. “Please come back to Auschwitz with me.”

I wouldn’t have survived without her. I can’t survive returning to our prison now unless she is beside me, holding my hand. I know it’s not possible to relive the past, to be who I used to be, to hug my mother again, even once. There is nothing that can alter the past, that can make me different from who I am, change what was done to my parents, done to me. There is no going back. I know this. But I can’t ignore the feeling that there is something waiting for me in my old prison, something to recover. Or discover. Some long-lost part of me.

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