The Report

  • Title: The Report
  • Author: Jessica Francis Kane
  • ISBN: 9781846272790
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Report A stunning first novel that is an evocative re imagining of a World War II civilian disasterOn a March night in on the steps of a London Tube station people die in a crowd seeking shelter f
    A stunning first novel that is an evocative re imagining of a World War II civilian disasterOn a March night in 1943, on the steps of a London Tube station, 173 people die in a crowd seeking shelter from what seemed to be another air raid When the devastated neighborhood demands an inquiry, the job falls to magistrate Laurence Dunne.In this beautifully crafted novel, JessA stunning first novel that is an evocative re imagining of a World War II civilian disasterOn a March night in 1943, on the steps of a London Tube station, 173 people die in a crowd seeking shelter from what seemed to be another air raid When the devastated neighborhood demands an inquiry, the job falls to magistrate Laurence Dunne.In this beautifully crafted novel, Jessica Francis Kane paints a vivid portrait of London at war As Dunne investigates, he finds the truth to be precarious, even damaging When he is forced to reflect on his report several decades later, he must consider whether the course he chose was the right one The Report is a provocative commentary on the way all tragedies are remembered and endured.

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    About Jessica Francis Kane


    1. JESSICA FRANCIS KANE is the author of The Report Graywolf, 2010 , a finalist for the 2010 Flaherty Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction and a Barnes Noble Discover pick She is also the author of the story collection Bending Heaven Counterpoint, 2002 , which was published in the US and the UK Her stories have been broadcast on BBC radio and have appeared in many publications, including Granta, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney s, The Missouri Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review Her essays and humor pieces have appeared in Salon, McSweeney s Internet Tendency and The Morning News, where she is a contributing writer She lives in New York with her husband and their two children.


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    1. The greatest experience you can have as a reader is to entrust yourself to an author you have never heard of before, to read a book about which you know nothing, and to be rewarded for this leap of faith with a glorious read. I have no idea why I put this book on my to read list nor indeed any memory of how it actually reached my bookshelf. I suspect my wife despite her denials sneaked it in the to read bookshelf in an ongoing quest to widen my blinkered horizons. The story is a sparse and under [...]

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    2. This is the story of an accident that claimed the lives of one hundred seventy-three Londoners at the entrance to an air-raid shelter on the evening of March 3, 1943 and of how individuals, a community, and a government dealt with its aftermath. It is a novel based on an actual incident during World War II. Kane leads us to an understanding of the accident by following the conduct of the official inquiry into its causes and the preparation of a documentary on "The Report" of the inquiry thirty y [...]

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    3. After putting off this book for almost a year I finally decided to give this one a go. This is such a gripping novel about a horrific incident that took place in 1943 in Bethnal Green tube station. 173 people were crushed to death but nobody knew who or what caused it. Although the characters in this novel are fictionalised but the story is real. I literally finished it in two hours because I could not put it down as it's so interesting and really beautifully written.

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    4. This is a fictionalized look at an event that really happened. 173 really did die, suddenly and unexpectedly, in a London air raid shelter during WWII. So. With a book like this, where you know Something Bad is going to happen, the question is only: When? The author teases things out, gets us invested in the characters and their lives, making note of tiny little details that might seem important or tragic later, and the suspense is all built up by the reader wondering when when when is this Bad [...]

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    5. This novel was fascinating to me. I love wartime-set stories and this one drew me in because it's based on a true event. I enjoyed how many themes were included - guilt, blame, grief & hindsight and how sometimes the truth isn't always best. Just wish the novel was longer.

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    6. “The Bethnal Green Tube shelter disaster took place on the evening of Wednesday March 3, 1943. 173 people died in a terrifying crush as panic spread through the crowds of people trying to enter the station's bomb shelter in the East End of London.However, no bomb struck and not a single casualty was the direct result of military aggression, making it the deadliest civilian incident of World War Two.”Jessica Francis Kane, read the full historical transcript of the enquiry into this, the worst [...]

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    7. I was intrigued as to what an American author's take on this English wartime tragedy would be. Her source material was a government-commissioned inquiry, later published by HMSO in book form. At first it seemed too dry, but actually her approach works very well. The main character is JP Laurie Dunne, author of the report, but it also focuses on others involved in the case. Without resorting to 'Spirit of the Blitz' cliche, Jessica Francis Kane achieves a thoughtful and moving, if unsettling look [...]

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    8. A compelling read. Like following a thread you can't take your eyes from-- as slowly Kane builds tension. Beautifully written with passages that are so good you have to read them again for the pure pleasure of the language. I highly recommend it!

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    9. It's a risky, unexpected move for a novel about a historical tragedy to focus not on the "action" of the event, but rather the bureaucratic reconstruction and presentation of it, but Jessica Francis Kane pulls it off. It's impressive how smoothly The Report balances direct engagement of questions about historical construction, textuality, and authorship with a keen, humane, but never sentimental focus on the lives at stake in how the Bethnal Green tragedy gets remembered.I've probably made it so [...]

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    10. The Report is a fictional version of the events leading up to, and the inquiry into, the Bethnal Green Tube Station disaster which occurred on 3rd March 1943, when 173 people died.The novel looks into the lives of some of the people involved in the disaster, focussing particularly on the Magistrate Laurence Dunne who was appointed to handle the inquiry, a local family who lost one of their children in the disaster, a Clerk working for the Council, one of the wardens whose job it was to maintain [...]

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    11. I recieved an early printing of the book "The Report" by Jessica Francis Kane. I really enjoyed reading this account of a civilian tragedy that took place during WWII. Ms. Kane has taken a true incident and added fictional characters to tell the story. She does a wonderful job of showing both the faults and strengths of the people in the story. I was impressed by tha fact that she didn't make any of her characters seem unrealistically sentimantal. Rather, the honest human frailities which we all [...]

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    12. So, I have sat on writing this review for a little bit, and I'm not sure what to do about it. My problem is something like: this book disappointed me a little, but I still have nothing but good feelings for it, so I don't want to give the wrong impression.I'm glad I read this, even though I didn't love it. And I'm going to keep it around, because it means a lot to me as a project. I really spend quite a lot of time thinking about the problem of fictionalizing nonfiction. My favorite format is fi [...]

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    13. Based on a true story, The Report is a novel centered on an event which happened on March 3, 1943 at the Bethnal Green Tube station, which at the time also served as the local bomb shelter. Sir Laurence Dunne, the magistrate who wrote the report on the incident noted that “the stairway was converted from a corridor to a charnel house in ten to 15 seconds,” when one hundred seventy-three people died in a human crush on the stairs near the entrance to the shelter, asphyxiated to death. There w [...]

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    14. Jessica Francis Kane has managed a remarkable feat.The tragic accident that occurred on 3rd March 1943 when 173 ordinary civilians lost their lives trying to enter Bethnal Green air raid shelter is one of the least acknowledged and known tragedies of World War Two. As a self confessed history lover I have researched lots of aspects of World War Two and its impact on life in the UK. Indeed, there are countless books focussing purely on the Blitz and wartime London but even these tend to overlook [...]

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    15. It was not until I was sent a copy of The Report by Jessica Francis Kane via the Vine programme that I became aware of the terrible disaster that happened at Bethnal Green Tube Station in March 1943. The station was being used as an air-raid shelter and that night 173 people were crushed to death as they were making their way down to the shelter.Jessica Francis Kane's The Report is her fictional version of the events of that night, and of the following inquiry carried out by local magistrate La [...]

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    16. Bethnal Green wartime 1943 there was a ban on wartime weather forecasts. Some of the images from this book are horrific; there was a painting of a woman who had been blown into a tree by a bomb blast. The shrapnel from anti aircraft guns killed more than the bombers? Large poles where placed in all the parks to stop German aircraft from landing. The report following the accident was written by Laurence Dume worth following up about him. Ada had two children Emma and lily she could be labelled as [...]

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    17. I first heard about The Report when Jessica Francis Kane was interviewed on the radio, which was also the first time I had heard about the Bethnal Green tragedy; a crush which killed almost 200 people on a night where there wasn't a single bomb dropped on London. My Dad, who is really interested in WWII, bought the book and read it in about two days; and I too raced through it surprisingly quickly.Essentially, The Report is split in two; bouncing between 1943 and 1973. In 1973, Paul Barber, a yo [...]

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    18. I received this book from a giveaway. I always enjoy material based in the WW2 era but this book was a little different as it doesn't really deal with anything on the war front. This story alternates between two different timelines: one based in 1943 and one that occurs about 30 years later. It goes into an accident at a bomb shelter in London and deals with the aftermath and investigation that occurs. What's surprising is that the accident occurs fairly early in the book which would make you t [...]

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    19. I read this book in two days, unusually quickly for me. I had some other things I was supposed to be doing during those two days, but once I began reading this book, I had to neglect everything else in order to get to the end of the storyE REPORT is a mystery, in a way. Early in the novel, a tragedy takes place. It's a real event that occurred during World War II: As residents in a London neighborhood entered a Tube station air raid shelter, a sudden crush of bodies led to 173 deaths. Kane learn [...]

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    20. Good but should be greatNo, it does not merit the rave reviews. But it is a competent book that ( oh, and here I go AGAIN) if an agent or publisher's editor had taken the time to point out the flawsuld have been great.The tube disaster is not unknownere are documentariesbut it is fertile and moving ground for a novel about East End life and a world now gone.Nowe don't get thist again we get one of these first person, present and past to and fro books ( publishers PLEASE. Move. On.)d it takes thr [...]

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    21. This novel is inspired by the wartime disaster at Bethnal Green tube station when 173 people died and many were injured in a crush to get down the steps to safety during an air raid. The book looks at what happened through the stories of a family caught up in the disaster, people affected by it, the individual carrying out an enquiry into its causes and, some years later, a documentary maker researching a TV programme on the events.This is a short novel, very simply written, which takes the read [...]

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    22. This is a great story of a tragic event in London during WW2 when 170 people were killed in a crush while entering an air raid shelter. This book is a fictional version of this real-life event.The author displays wonderful insight into human nature as she unravels the events of the evening by following magistrate, Laurence Dunne's public enquiry into the event. Throughout the enquiry, we are introduced the many people involved on that terrible evening & we can identify with each of them. Kan [...]

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    23. Read this book from start to finish on the plane. A beautifully written distraction from the 4 hrs with seat belt sign on, 1 hr of screaming baby and 30 minutes of wretching two rows back. Dude next to me literally had his fingers in his ears when baby and wretching got going at the same time as we landed. I was absorbed in this book. Reminded me a little of the Kite Runner which I similarly absorbed on a plane ride. Most fun when you think it is entirely based on reality and somewhat disappoint [...]

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    24. This was one of Greg's Book of the Week selection at Epsom Library so picked up a copy as it looked quite an interesting subject.In WW2 the biggest UK civilian disaster unfolded at Bethnal Green when the entrance to the air raid shelter became blocked by people swarming to get into the shelter and 173 people lost their lives. The story tells the intertwined tale of the magistrate who wrote the government ordered enquiry into the disaster, some people involved in the disaster and a reporter 30 ye [...]

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    25. Excellent. Firstly, a very Good Read. An 'unputdownable' book. As one who was seven at the time of the events, 1943, and living only about 16 miles away, the tragedy around which this novel is based was completely unknown to me. Yet I was an avid listener to the news on the 'wireless' and followed it in the newspapers. Nothing new in that: governments like to suppress bad news. The characters were well drawn and rounded, with human faults and one could empathise with them. Looking forward to her [...]

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    26. I had given up on the novel I was reading previous to this one. As such, I carried my disappointment over to the beginning of this book, and my hopes were not high. I was proven wrong. Yes, I admit it. I was wrong. "The Report" by Ms. Kane, was a wonderfully-woven story. The plot carried itself right along and I enjoyed the focus on the persons of the story. It brought back the tragedy of Bethnal Green in a tasteful manner. I'd highly recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction, or those [...]

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    27. This is a tough read. It's superb, clear and perfectly paced and told so, so well, but it begins with a wide-angle look at a horrible accident, then focuses on its effects on individuals, and the emotional pain is relentless.Really, it's splendid; JFK is supremely talented, and she has complete mastery over her work. Her characters are full of life, and she reveals their personal tragedies without making them pathetic or two-dimensional. It's a small novel, but it feels enormous.

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    28. I love the fresh concept of this book--a novel that delves into the reasons for a terrible civilian accident that really occurred in England during WWII. The descriptions of war-time life and tragedy felt very timely. The novel offers wonderful insights on tragedy, our desire for blame, the unintended consequences of our small actions, redemption. Kane weaves a powerful and compelling story. Everyone should read this book.

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    29. This book was an interesting mix of fact and fiction. There was just enough author creativity to make the subject, the tragedy and senseless loss inside a London suburbs undergound/tube turned bomb shelter. I was motivated to investigate the factual information after reading this book and "seeing" the event through a different pair of eyes and emotions. Well done Ms. Kane.

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    30. This is an extremely well written story. I had not heard of the Bethnal Green civilian disaster before. I was easily drawn into the story following the different characters both then and now. For me this was a real page turner.

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