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 sudden turning: they could feel her lying awake, sense her anguish, and when Edith asked if she was asleep, Anna would turn around and not answer. Georg would try the sofa but it was too short. Edith would try next but the sofa was too narrow for her belly which she supported with a pillow. Whenever Anna offered to sleep on the sofa,
“Extraordinary – both spellbinding and heartbreaking, with brilliantly rendered characters and a breathtaking conclusion.”
--Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
“An elegantly written and evocative story of Holocaust survivors and what they faced after the war. Martin, always the journalist, dug into his family’s past to give us a novel that is at once instructive, darkly comic and ultimately inspiring."
"Will haunt and inspire you long after you turn the final page."
-- Daniel Silva, author of Portrait of a Spy
“Extraordinary – a page turning thriller that pulls you in and won’t let go.”
--Jonathan Wilson, author of A Palestine Affair
Praise for Martin Fletcher’s Previous Books
“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