A Terrible Kindness
A Terrible Kindness is a celebration of the power of community, love forged in pain and the redemption that comes from deep kindness in the face of terrible loss.
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*A BOOK OF THE MONTH RADIO 2 STEVE WRIGHT IN THE AFTERNOON PICK*
*AN OBSERVER DEBUT OF 2022*
*AS FEATURED ON FRONT ROW*
When we go through something impossible, someone, or something, will help us, if we let them . . .
It is October 1966 and William Lavery is having the night of his life at his first black-tie do. But, as the evening unfolds, news hits of a landslide at a coal mine. It has buried a school: Aberfan.
William decides he must act, so he stands and volunteers to attend. It will be his first job as an embalmer, and it will be one he never forgets.
His work that night will force him to think about the little boy he was, and the losses he has worked so hard to forget. But compassion can have surprising consequences, because – as William discovers – giving so much to others can sometimes help us heal ourselves.
‘I LOVE IT! Utterly and completely brilliant.’ JOANNA CANNON
‘It’s a long time since I’ve read a debut novel that moved me so much.’ RACHEL JOYCE
‘Extraordinary.’ SOPHIE HANNAH
‘A brave and tender novel.’ JOANNA GLEN
What readers are saying:
‘One stunning read to remember.’
‘Beautifully written . . . I would recommend this book to all.’
‘Utterly heartbreaking and uplifting . . . I loved it.’
I think it's really extraordinary. Brilliant writing, completely fresh and unique, moving, elegant, memorable. I loved it!
I LOVE IT! An incredible story with beautiful, elegant writing. A Terrible Kindness is utterly and completely brilliant.
I was drawn into William’s world right from the first page, just as I was drawn into the honest beauty of Jo Browning Wroe’s writing. It’s a long time since I’ve read a debut novel that moved me so much.
Jo Browning Wroe's elegant prose holds us that we might bear witness to that which would otherwise crush the human spirit. I adored it.
A Terrible Kindness is a tender, beautiful story about an embalmer at the time of Aberfan.
An incredibly moving and powerful book. Full of love, compassion, and brimming with humanity. A truly gorgeous piece of storytelling that will stay with me for a long time. Absolutely stunning
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