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A Terrible Kindness: The Bestselling Richard and Judy Book Club Pick

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But I do not feel the Aberfan disaster was essential to telling this story, which was about a young embalmer William.

The abrupt engulfing of a Welsh mining village school under a tide of liquid black filth back in the 1960s endures as a particular piece of ghastly British heritage.This is by no means a bad book and I feel I am in the minority here as a lot of people have raved about it, even named it their book of 2022! For those familiar or unfamiliar – this documentary I found extremely moving, very well made and also very pertinent to the novel. I thought I knew everything there was to know about how 116 children (mostly between the ages of 7 and 10) and 28 adults were killed by the National Coal Board, when 150,000 tonnes of dumped coal slurry buried the small school in a wave that reached up to 80 miles an hour. He’s just nineteen and has a bright future with Lavery and Sons, the business run by his uncle Robert, and he’s come top of his class in embalming.

Finally, the last thing I’ll say about this book is that I’ll never forget sitting by the pool in Fuerteventura this afternoon, reading the last few chapters with tears STREAMING down my face! 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. I felt the novel would have benefitted by dealing with the Aberfan disaster more sensitively by integrating it into the rest of the novel, rather than putting it aside until the end of the novel, when the aftermath and subsequent inquiry had such a big impact on the UK at the time. For William his resentment is focused on his mother due to a traumatic event which occurred in the College Chapel culmination of his Cantabrigian choral career – a solo performance of Miserere.ACT Contact / FAQ About Events / Videos Merch / Subs Sign in/up A Terrible Kindness : One of the most hotly anticipated books of 2022 Browning Wroe, Jo More by this author. To be fair, I probably should have known not to venture near A Terrible Kindness given its mawkish appearance, but I was very intrigued by the mention of Aberfan. The writing was skilful even if it was third person present narration throughout, and I enjoyed the sixties setting and associated musical references. He had known where his life was going before that night, but for the second time, outside events would send him on a different path.

although I felt too many, if not all, of the supporting cast were one-dimensional cut-outs created to fill the plot. A Terrible Kindness is not an easy read, by the nature of where the beginning is set amongst the tragedy of Aberfan, it was never going to be, of course. There are some special bonds like the one with his school friend Martin and his uncle Robert and his partner Howard.The story is rather predictable, but that is not such a bad thing this time, as it lifted what could have been a terribly sad book all told otherwise. In fact, William is a very talented choirist, trained at one of the best schools in Cambridge, and singled out to sing the most prestigious solo there.

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