Terrible Kindness, A

Wroe, Jo Browning

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Tonight nineteen-year-old William Lavery is dressed for success, his first black-tie do. It's the Midlands Chapter of the Institute of Embalmers Ladies' Night Dinner Dance, and William is taking Gloria in her sequined evening gown. He can barely believe his luck.

But as the gentlemen sip their whiskey and smoke their post-dinner cigarettes a telegram delivers news of a tragedy. An event so terrible it will shake the nation. It is October 1966 and a landslide at a coal mine has buried a school: Aberfan.

William decides he must act, so he stands and volunteers to attend. It will be his first job, and will be - although he's yet to know it - a choice that threatens to sacrifice his own happiness in his desire to help others. [Taken from book cover, Faber Books]

Comments from BDS Reviewers

"I recommend this book to all readers. Informative and interesting."

"I wasn't thrilled to receive this book to review because of the topics it covered. I've given it 10 out of 10 and am very pleased I read it."

"This is a book that I keep thinking about and have recommended to several friends."

"Initially I didn't think I would like this book because of the topics covered, but it draws you in. Recommended to all."

"The author includes some challenging themes, but the reader is able to keep reading without feeling overwhelmed."

"Very interesting information about embalming and also singing and the disaster itself."

"Emotional events are described well."

"Uplifting descriptions of music and of friendship, while also giving due weight to grief and confusion."

"There's a welcome lack of sentimentality in depicting loving relationships, allowing them to be both flawed and hopeful."

"This is a well-written book that covers grief, homosexuality, and post-traumatic stress which is quite a lot to cover in a book, but the topics have been woven cleverly into the plot."



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