General Fiction
Recently Viewed
Pay by...

Visa, Visa Delta, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro, PayPal

A Terrible Kindness - Jo Browning Wroe

A Terrible Kindness - Jo Browning Wroe

Title: A Terrible Kindness

Signed first edition, first printing

Author:  Jo Browning Wroe

ISBN:  9780571368297

Weight:  854 g



Last 2 in stock, fast dispatch

A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

The character of William Lavery is beautifully drawn in the context of Aberfan’s great tragedy.  Browning Wroe’s novel speaks of things vital in our time too; the power of community, empathy and selflessness in the face of loss and trauma.  A Terrible Kindness is a wonderful debut.

Jess Kidd, author of Things in Jars

I think it’s really extraordinary.  Brilliant writing, completely fresh and unique, moving, elegant, memorable.  I loved it!

Sophie Hannah, author of The Couple at the Table

This is a brave and tender novel, which truthfully exposes life’s shadows whilst dwelling in the beauty of its light.  A truly lovely book.

Joanna Glen, author of All My Mothers

Bibliographic Info

TitleA Terrible Kindness
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizesBridport / Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award 2017 – shortlist
Press coverageJo Browning Wroe was picked by the Observer (Sun 16 Jan 2022) as one of the ten best debut novelists of 2022.
Radio / digital coverageBBC Radio 4 Front Row showcased A Terrible Kindness on Wed 19 Jan 2022.  The book also featured in Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year Podcast on Tue 11 Jan 2022.
Book Stats
PublisherFaber & Faber
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139780571368297
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)223 x 143 x 37mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographMartin Bond

Other books you may like...
Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
Court of Lions - Jane Johnson
Signed edition
The Blasphemer - Nigel Farndale
The Blasphemer - Nigel Farndale
Dated & signed
The Governess - Wendy Holden
The Governess - Wendy Holden
Signed edition
The Hiding Game - Naomi Wood
The Hiding Game - Naomi Wood
Signed & limited
The House by the Loch - Kirsty Wark
The House by the Loch - Kirsty Wark
Signed edition
Modern Signed Editions Ltd