Listen: Katrina Roe and Natasha Moore in Episode 5 of the Hope Book Club.
Episode 5 of the Hope Book Club features a philosophical look at the social media phenomenon of public shaming, a fictional re-imagining of assassin James Earl Ray’s exile in Lisbon and an Australian holocaust survivor’s real-life romance in Auschwitz.
- So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
- Like a Fading Shadow by Antonio Munoz Molina
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson explores the recent phenomenon of social media shaming using real-life examples. Ronson reveals the avalanche effect – no single snowflake intends or anticipates the avalanche they contribute to. So can anything good come from public shaming and why do we take delight in bringing down those who make mistakes?
Like a Fading Shadow by Antonia Munoz Molina is a fictional account of James Earl Ray’s exile in Lisbon. The white supremacist, who murdered Martin Luther King Jnr, spent time in the Portugese city as a fugitive. Part memoir, part novel, this book is an unsettling, imaginative journey into the mind of a man who most would consider to be a monster.
The Tattooist of Auswitz by Heather Morris is a deeply moving and personal account of one man’s experience of the holocaust. Rather than focusing on the horror of their situation, Lale, who tattoos the numbers on his fellow inmates, finds hope in his passionate love affair with Gita. This bestselling Australian book is a heart-warming tale of survival and of love overcoming the brutality of the holocaust.