The List by Martin Fletcher taught me more about events in London and Palestine following World War II than any school text book ever did.
The novel follows the lives of Edith and Georg; two Austrian refugees who have somehow escaped the horrors of war and are now expecting their first baby. Whilst they have been lucky, their family members have not; the pair are crippled by fear over where their loved ones could be, and whether or not they’re even alive. The only family member to have made contact with them is Edith’s cousin Anna, who – haunted by her experiences at Auschwitz – is no longer the beautiful and confident girl she once was.
Edith, Georg and Anna live in Hampstead, however they are far from being part of the community. Despite the war being over, anti-Semitism is rife and every day proves to be a new battle against prejudice.