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The List

The List

A Novel

Martin Fletcher

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

Martin Fletcher has captivated television audiences for thirty-five years as a foreign correspondent for NBC News. Now, Fletcher combines his own family's history with meticulous research in this gripping story of a young Jewish family struggling to stay afloat after World War II.

London, October 1945. Austrian refugees Georg and Edith await the birth of their first child. Yet how can they celebrate when almost every day brings news of another relative or friend murdered in the Holocaust? Their struggle to rebuild their lives is further threatened by growing anti-Semitism in London's streets; Englishmen want to take homes and jobs from Jewish refugees and give them to returning servicemen.

Edith's father is believed to have survived, and finding him rests on Georg's shoulders. Then Georg learns of a plot by Palestinian Jews to assassinate Britain's foreign minister. Georg must try to stop the murder, all the while navigating a city that wants to "eject the aliens."

In The List, Fletcher investigates an ignored and painful chapter in London's history. The novel is both a breathless thriller of postwar sabotage and a heartrending and historically accurate portrait of an almost forgotten era. In this sensitive, deeply touching, and impossible-to-forget story, Martin Fletcher explores the themes of hope, prejudice, loss and love that make up the lives of all refugees everywhere.


Anna had been in London a week and hadn't left the house. She said she was cold but they knew that wasn't it. There were no secrets when three people slept in one bed. Anna's groans, her gasps, the moans and sighs, like a whimpering kitten, the...


Praise for The List

“An elegantly written and evocative story of Holocaust survivors . . . Inspiring.” —Tom Brokaw

“Should be required reading.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A touching story that brings a little-known aspect of Jewish history to life.” —Booklist

“Will haunt and inspire you long after you turn the final page.” —Daniel Silva, author of Portrait of a Spy

“Extraordinary – both spellbinding and heartbreaking, with brilliantly rendered characters and a breathtaking conclusion.” —Andrea Mitchell, NBC News

“Extraordinary – a page turning thriller that pulls you in and won't let go.” —Jonathan Wilson, author of A Palestine Affair

“Martin Fletcher is more than the consummate journalist. He is a master storyteller.” —David Gregory, Moderator, "Meet the Press,” on Walking Israel

“A page-turner and a marvelous read.” —Connie Chung on Breaking News

“Fletcher's intense tale reads more like a thriller than a memoir.” —Entertainment Weekly (A- review) on Breaking News

“For decades Martin Fletcher has been the gold standard of television war correspondents, and his new book is a real-life, cross-continent adventure story.... It's a great and moving read.” —Anderson Cooper on Breaking News

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of THE LIST . Having fled the Nazis, a young Austrian couple in 1945 London discovers that for Jews like them, the war did not end with VE Day. While they desperately seek word on the possible survival or whereabouts of family members sent to concentration camps, petitions are being signed by anti-Semitics in their neighborhood of Hampstead to "send the aliens home"--ostensibly to clear space and jobs for returning British soldiers. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Martin Fletcher

MARTIN FLETCHER is one of the most respected television news correspondents in the world and he is also rapidly gaining an equally impressive reputation as a writer. He has won many awards, including five Emmys, a Columbia University DuPont Award, several Overseas Press Club Awards, and the National Jewish Book Award. Fletcher and his wife, Hagar, have raised three sons. He spent many years as the NBC News Bureau Chief in Tel Aviv and he is currently based in Israel and New York, where he is a Special Correspondent for NBC News

Martin Fletcher

Martin Fletcher at NBC News

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