About Anthony Grey


His flagship modern historical novel SAIGON, which has sold an estimated 1.5 million copies worldwide in nine languages and fifteen countries, has been described by the San Francisco Chronicle as 'the War & Peace of our age'.

A TV miniseries based on the book was stopped by the Pentagon and the White House in the mid-1980s when US relations with the victorious Vietnamese Communists were still uneasy.  Uniquely the novel is used as a course book for officer cadets at naval and military universities in both the USA and Vietnam as well as in many American and Canadian high schools

  • Born in 1938 in Norwich, England where he grew up and was educated,  Anthony Grey joined Reuters after four years as a reporter on the local Eastern Daily Press newspaper.  For Reuters he covered the Cold War behind the Iron Curtain from East Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Budapest and Sofia before being posted to China.  In the late 1980s Anthony Grey set up a successful international charity Hostage Action Worldwide, which worked to assist the hostages of many different nationalities held in Lebanon during that era. At the age of 62 he completed his first London Marathon.


  • On arrival home from his Chinese ordeal.In November 1969, he was honoured with the award of the O.B.E at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • He was later honoured in London as a 'Man of the Year' at an annual Savoy Hotel luncheon
  • He has been appointed an honourary life-member of Britain's prestigious Royal Society of St George.
  • In 1988 during his first return visit to Peking since his hostage days, China's Foreign Ministry awarded him a special commemorative plate acknowledging his earlier work as a foreign correspondent in China during the Cultural Revolution.