BOOK: William Lavery is 19, and
he’s attending his first black-tie do – the Midlands Chapter of the Institute
of Embalmers Ladies' Night Dinner Dance. But as the guests sip their drinks a
telegram delivers news of a tragedy: a landslide at a coal mine has buried a
school. William volunteers to help. He doesn’t know it yet, but the choice
could threaten 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.
Jo Browning Wroe grew up in a crematorium in Birminghamand is now Creative Writing Supervisor at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. A Terrible Kindness (Faber & Faber), her debut novel, was shortlisted for the Bridport Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award, and is a bestseller on the British Sunday Times list.