A Terrible Kindness (Hardback)
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A Terrible Kindness (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 20/01/2022
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Nineteen-year-old William’s decision to volunteer at the tragic scene of the 1966 Aberfan landslide transforms his life forever in this moving story about sacrifice and compassion.

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 guests sip their drinks 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. His work that night will force him to think about the little boy he was, and the losses he has worked so hard to bury. But compassion can have surprising consequences, because - as William discovers - giving so much to others can sometimes help us heal ourselves.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571368297
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 507 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 28 mm
Edition: Main

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“A sensitive & compassionate story about loss, love and kindness”

I was very lucky to receive a proof copy of this book. It tells the story of William Lavery, a talented chorister who, against his mother's wishes, follows in his uncle and late father's footsteps to become... More

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“The perfect emotion-filled piece of storytelling. Masterful.”

When a book makes me cry within the first chapter… it just… gahh… I don’t think I will be able to properly convey just how stunning A Terrible Kindness is.

This moving and memorable tale follows one man and starts... More

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“Disaster and healing”

The book opens with William at an evening event for embalmers with the beautiful Gloria. Not many books deal with the lives of embalmers/ undertakers so this was original in itself.
An emergency call comes through for... More

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