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3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,296 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
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.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Nov 13, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
book set in immediate post WW II London. Heard author speak and found out all events referenced in his work of fiction actually took place. Main couple in book loosely based on author's parents. Good read.
Erika Dreifus
Nov 06, 2011 Erika Dreifus rated it really liked it
Please see my review for The Jewish Journal (review is based on complimentary review copy).
Cheryl A
Mar 25, 2013 Cheryl A rated it really liked it
A thoughtful, well written book on the hopes and sorrows following the end of WWII. The novel follows Edith & Georg, Austrian refugees who were lucky enough to have escaped to England in 1939. As the war ends, Edith & Georg are caught between moving on with their lives, eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child, and a state of limbo, as they seek information about family members in Europe.

The novel explores the fear and anxiety of both the refugees and native Londoners as the world
Nov 21, 2011 Gini rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book about the Jews in London and Palestine after WWII. It's not a time/subject that we read much about.
Diane S ☔
Nov 27, 2011 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
A wonderfully written book about a little known incident between Palestine and England. Alternately sad as Edith and Georg who are living in England attempt to find family members who have lived through the Holocaust, crossing names off a list as they find most of their families are dead, and yet hopeful at times. A pregnant Edith is reunited with her cousin and learns that her papi survived the war and it is this thought that sustains her. What I didn't know is how much prejudice the survivors ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Meg rated it liked it
Shelves: history, fiction
I enjoyed reading this novel and was interested by the story of what happened to Jews who escaped Europe for Britain. Often when we hear stories about the Holocaust, we feel the danger is over once someone has escaped an occupied country; this story tells about the anti-semitism and xenophobia many Jews experienced even in "safe" countries. The book was impeccably researched; the details brought everyday experiences to life (e.g. naming the different tinned foods the characters were cooking with ...more
Jan 07, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
In the months immediately following World War II, a Jewish refugee couple in London waits for news about their lists of missing family members. Their wait is soon filled with enough action and emotion for several lifetimes. As one refugee remarks in the novel "Every survivor has an extraordinary story. Otherwise, they'd be dead." Fletcher does justice to that notion in this page-turner of a novel. Skip "Sarah's Key" and "22 Britannia Road" and go directly to "The List."
Jan 18, 2012 Anmiryam rated it liked it
Anti-semitism, overt, blatant and frightening, did not die when the death camps were liberated towards the end of World War II. Yet, so often, mass market fiction closes the curtain with the arrival of liberating troops and the end of the war. "The List", Martin Fletcher's first novel, bravely attempts to fill this void. Here is the tale of some of the lucky ones, who either escaped to Britain just before the outbreak of the war, or who survived the camps and are regrouping in London. The story ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Edi rated it it was amazing
Some completely different perspectives on post-WW-II England. It also spoke to the desires of many former Poles, Hungarians, Italians, Austrians and Germans who discovered their Jewish identity was paramount in being marked for life or death. There is no home to return to. This is the most wrenching account of the moral dilemmas involving so many in the formation of post-war Europe, especially Jews who want to immigrate now to Palestine and form a new Jewish nation in the ancient land of Canaan. ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Marleah rated it liked it
This was a quick read focusing on the anti-Semitism that still pervaded many countries even after WWII ended. Most of the action here takes place in London, where Edith and Georg, both Jewish, struggle to make ends meet and to escape the prejudices against them -- as well as prepare for the baby that will soon arrive. There is a subplot in Palestine, focusing on the Jews there and their efforts to assassinate high-ranking British officials that eventually reaches Georg. Also featuring in the sto ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
I might have even rated this with another half of a star!

Martin Fletcher's focus here is on Austrian refugees Georg and his pregnant wife Edith in London in 1945. While struggling to rebuild their lives and hoping to learn of other family members who may have survived the Holocaust, they face blatant anti-semitism from Englishmen, many of whom would like to eject the immigrant Jews in favor of returning British servicemen in need of homes and jobs. Other characters of note are Edith's cousin An
Patricia O'Sullivan
Apr 12, 2012 Patricia O'Sullivan rated it it was ok
This novel sounded so intriguing in the blurb, but it was such a disappointment to read. There are two story lines. First there are Georg and Edith, Austrian refugees living in London and expecting their first child. The other story line doesn't focus on one person, but several Jewish operatives in Palestine trying to harass the British into allowing more Jews into the territory while also taking revenge for comrades lost to the cause. These two story lines don't come together until the last qua ...more
Scott Jeffe
Jun 13, 2012 Scott Jeffe rated it it was amazing
In the 1990's I lived with Fletcher's parents as a student in London and this is their story - Austrian jewish immigrants struggling to fit in and make a life in wartime London. London neither fully rejected or embraced the Jews that arrived in the 1930's but some people (like Edith Fleischer/Fletcher) never stopped trying to be a good neighbor, a good citizen, or a good Jew (all at the same time). The book is set in the boarding house that became their home -- and the home I lived in. I almost ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Sherry rated it it was amazing
The List is a novel based on a true story about a young, Jewish Austrian couple fortunate to become refugees in London while most of their friends and family perished in the holocaust. Simultaneously the book brings in the early tactics of the Stern gang to take out Bevin during the Mandate of Palestine. While I was well aware of the period of the Mandate, I was not aware of how the refugees struggled for acceptance in England. Still, the Brits came through and the refugees remained to become Br ...more
Emily Goenner
Jul 11, 2012 Emily Goenner rated it liked it
A strong 3.5, 3.75 maybe but not quite a four. Its got a little long, but I've never read an account of Jewish life immediately following WWII that so touchingly explored the relief at being alive and the grief of learning the fate of family members.
Linda C
Jan 18, 2016 Linda C rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
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Apr 14, 2013 Simone rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, england
There are 2 storylines in this book that intertwine in various ways.

One starts on V.E. day and is the story of a young Jewish couple living in London. They are awaiting the birth of their first baby while trying to uncover the fate of their relatives. Just about everyone died in the camps, except for maybe her father… the search begins…

The second is about a group of Jewish terrorists in Palestine. Try as I might, I just could not get into this plot, I was just not interested. (I kept expecting G
Eric Hammel
Feb 17, 2013 Eric Hammel rated it it was amazing
I too am the son of a Holocaust survivor. My father, who made it to the U.S., didn't have to face nearly the overt anti-Semitic backlash Martin Fletcher's parents did, but he was never able to divorce himself from the continuum of insane hatred he faced in Germany or subtler but no-less-damaging forms he faced his life here. Whatever he felt about not being accepted as fully human in some circles was transmitted to me as I grew up and faced some of it in my own right. The List brought it all bac ...more
I cannot do well to this beautiful writing, therefore this comes from --

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 t
May 18, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
An interesting book that is told during post-WWII and the Holocaust. The main characters, Edith and Georg, are struggling Jewish refugees in England who are trying to find lost relatives, while attempting to solidify their future. After countless rejections because of their Jewish faith, they find that, despite the end of the war and Hitler’s defeat, discrimination continues in England. Yet, there is a glimmer of hope in Palestine, who is fighting the British for total control of their country i ...more
Kristina Godfrey
Sep 05, 2014 Kristina Godfrey rated it liked it
What I liked about this book is its WWII parallels to the current immigration issues the U.S. is facing. In "The List" some Londoners are not happy about Jewish refugees who settled in London. Because of the heavy bombing by the Nazis, there's a housing shortage and people think the way to solve it is to send refugees home. OK, it's cold-hearted, and frankly nuts to think this way. It was hard to read through this part of the book. The refugees are ill, and trying to find their family members. T ...more
Sondra Wolferman
Aug 16, 2013 Sondra Wolferman rated it really liked it
I disagree with those reviewers who think this novel is poorly written. While the style is rather dry and journalistic in places, I think the style is well-suited to the subject matter which, according to the author himself, is a fictionalized account of his own parents' struggle to survive and then rebuild their lives as refugees in London following the holocaust. The author skillfully weaves together two story lines which gradually converge, adding an element of suspense to the novel. The two ...more
Nov 27, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very sad book, rather like watching a black and white movie with just a glimmer of brightness at the end. The scenes, the characters, all of it, appeared to me in gray tones as the narrator described the lives of Jewish refugees who had escaped to England just as Hitler’s army marched across Europe, trapping their families and condemning most of them torture and death. The novel began immediately after WWII ended, with flashbacks to fill in the back stories of its characters. It contin ...more
Mal Warwick
Jan 25, 2014 Mal Warwick rated it really liked it
One of the lessons I learned very early in my three-decade-long career writing fundraising appeals was that statistics numb the brain while a gripping tale of one individual can unlock torrents of emotion in the reader. So it was no surprise to me that the story of one young refugee Jewish family in London in 1945 could bring home the chilling reality of the Holocaust more powerfully than any recitation of the numbers of Hitler’s victims could ever possibly do.

In The List, Martin Fletcher, an NB
Carole Roman
Feb 05, 2014 Carole Roman rated it really liked it
This book felt almost as if it were two separate books. Fletcher captures the horror of a young couple isolated from their families during the war, waiting for news of survivors. Their harrowing wait is compounded by the mounting realization that the unthinkable has happened. When Fetcher writes George and Ediths's story, he does it with loving detail, stripping away everything but the hopelessness of their lives, the anticipation for the other shoe to drop, as one by one names are eliminated fr ...more
Julia Alberino
Jun 13, 2015 Julia Alberino rated it really liked it
This book is so much more than a standard post-Holocaust novel. Set in London in 1945, written by an NBC correspondent who drew on his family's and to a lesser extent his own experience in constructing the plot, "The List" presents a memorable cast of characters, some of them survivors, some who escaped to London before the worst atrocities, and some native Londoners. Through these characters, the reader gains insight into and knowledge about the world of displaced persons, the Israeli undergrou ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
Given the subject matter, this was a sad book. However, it is really all about hope and starting over.

Fletcher's novel, THE LIST, is set in post WWII war-torn London and Palestine. In London we follow a young Viennese Jewish couple, Georg, a lawyer, Edith, his pregnant wife, and her cousin, Anna, a concentration camp survivor, as they struggle to make their way in a new land and at the same time learn the fate of the many relatives named on Georg's list who were left behind in the hands of the N
Prima Seadiva
2.5 stars. Audiobook on CD version.
The main subject-the situation and treatment of Jewish refugees in Britain right after WWII, in fact the book begins on VE day, and the beginnings of the conflict in Mandatory Palestine was most fascinating.
The above was the background for the depiction of the feelings and experiences of one small group of Austrian Jews as they struggle to cope with immense personal trauma and loss. There was a third mystery sub plot that came in later which seemed both unnec
Barbara Lipkin
Sep 26, 2016 Barbara Lipkin rated it liked it
The subject matter was of interest to me. However, I found the writing was too wordy & dragged.
Maryanne Henderson
The List by Marvin Fletcher tells the story of a group of WWII refugees living in London at the end of the war. Most books I've read about WWII end at the liberation of the camps, or describe the survivors returning easily to their pre-war lives. The List tells of a far different reality, one that constantly made me think about refugees struggling to find a future in today's world while at the same time searching for their family and other survivors. It humbles me that we are basically still dea ...more
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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 ...more
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