Monday, 9 August 2010

Book: The Report by Jessica Francis Kane

Look out for The Report by Jessica Francis Kane It is about the major civilian tragedy that took place in Bethnal Green in 1943, when 173 people suffocated to death on the steps of the tube station as they went to shelter from an air raid. Francis Kane re-imagines the disaster from the points of view of a range of characters who were in the crowd that night; and then follows the magistrate tasked with pulling together the strands of the horror that took place in order to report to the official inquiry.

The book will be published in the US next month, and will be available in the UK next spring, in a version published by Portobello Books.

Read an exclusive extract of The Report that appears on the website of the literary magazine Granta: The Report extract.

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