Terrible Kindness, AWroe, Jo Browning
William Lavery's life has headed down a different track from what is expected. A talented singer, it is presumed that this is where his future lies. However, at the tender age of nineteen, he instead qualifies as an embalmer. In what becomes a defining moment in his life, he volunteers to attend a colliery collapse in a Welsh village where there are multiple fatalities. Affected by his experience, William is forced to face up to previous trauma and reclaim his life.
Based around the 1966 Aberfan disaster in Wales, this is a moving but ultimately hopeful story of love, grief and forgiveness.
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."