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A Terrible Kindness
A Terrible Kindness | Jo Browning Wroe
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When we go through something impossible, someone, or something, will help us, if we let them . . . 'I LOVE IT! Utterly and completely brilliant.' JOANNA CANNON 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. '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.' 'Tremendous.'
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TheEllieMo
A Terrible Kindness | Jo Browning Wroe
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Mehso-so

I felt cheated when I was reading this book. It starts so strongly, with a newly qualified embalmer volunteering to help deal with the victims of the Aberfan disaster. The opening chapters are stark, harrowing, moving.
But then it moves back in time and morphs into a run-of-the-mill family drama, and the Aberfan connection loses its grip. Ultimately, the book wasn‘t what I expected and I came away disappointed.

rockpools Oh what a shame! It sounded so promising! 3w
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andrew61
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Pickpick

The opening of this bk show the horror of the 1966 Aberfan tragedy through the eyes of young embalmer William. The story tells his life managing both his untold trauma, as well as a troubled childhood, his angelic voice as a chorister, the power of love +friendship. An incredibly moving story, sensitively told which left me bereft at the end. Such a sad piece of history.
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TrishB That sounds 💔 3mo
andrew61 @TrishB yes and I was just finishing it as they went to Aberfan on the news tonight about the impact on the Queen. Luckily I still have a glass left in my bottle to gather myself. Something lighter next I think. 3mo
TrishB A much needed glass I bet! 3mo
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BookwormM
A Terrible Kindness | Jo Browning Wroe
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Pickpick

What a sad book I was unaware of the tragedy at Aberfan and this book manages to capture all the emotions without being sensational.

I really enjoyed the detailed descriptions of life as a chorister as well as an embalmer.

Glad William showed personal growth as he was insufferable for most of the book.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4821013683

Bookwomble There was a widespread response to the Aberfan disaster. My uncles went to help with the cleanup. Laurie Lee write a moving account of his visit to Aberfan the year after, which is included in his tagged book. 5mo
BookwormM @Bookwomble thanks I will check it out 5mo
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Karons1
A Terrible Kindness | Jo Browning Wroe
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Look 👀 at these spredges /stencilled edges worth buying just for those but all on my TBR this is bad for a book 📚 buying addiction #Tsundoku (Japanese: 積ん読) 😂 isn‘t fabulous the Japanese have an actual word for this personality trait / disorder - love it 😍