A terrible kindness

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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.

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*INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*
*AN OBSERVER DEBUT OF 2022*
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‘Incredibly moving. Exquisitely crafted.” BONNIE GARMUS, author of Lessons in Chemistry
‘Moving… We were consumed by this story of healing and hope.’ Woman & Home
‘A crescendo of pain and beauty that took my breath away. Brava!’ MIRANDA COWLEY HELLER, author of The Paper Palace
‘I LOVE IT! Utterly and completely brilliant.’ JOANNA CANNON, author of A Tidy Ending
‘It’s a long time since I’ve read a debut novel that moved me so much.’ RACHEL JOYCE, Miss Benson’s Beetle
‘It’s utterly magnificent and had to pull car over twice to cry. Intricate cobweb of love, family and friendship, so delicately wrought. Beautiful. A masterclass in character.’ VERONICA HENRY

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.

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.’

Additional information

Weight 0.33 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.4 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

381

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

1 review for A terrible kindness

  1. dfridd

    This was another Bookclub Favourite. I think we all entered this with a slight degree of trepidation considering the seemingly morbid subject matter which features a young man fresh out a mortuary apprenticeship who volunteers to assist in the aftermath of the Aberfan disaster where a school bore the brunt of a landslide leading to the tragic loss of 116 children and 28 adults.
    The book tells the story of William Lavery and how his compassion during the tragedy and his care for the lost ones. This story is wonderfully uplifting and shares the power of kindness but also the turmoil within someone who has had to carry the weight of his compassion around with him.

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