A Terrible Kindness

Jo Browning Wroe introduces her debut novel, A Terrible Kindness.


Chair: Sarah Meyrick


The story follows newly qualified embalmer William Lavery, who, on hearing the news of the Aberfan disaster in 1966, volunteers to help. The experience alters him profoundly, forcing him to revisit the painful losses in his own life. Over the ensuing years he attempts to find redemption by mending fractured relationships, reconnecting with music, and reaching out to others. 


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11.30am Saturday 25 February 2023


Jo Browning Wroe

Jo Browning Wroe grew up in a crematorium in Birmingham. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and teaches at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education on their Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing.

Her debut novel, A Terrible Kindness, was a Sunday Times bestseller shortlisted for the Bridport Peggy Chapman-Andrews award, and longlisted for the Prix du Roman Fnac. She has two adult daughters and lives with her husband in Cambridge.


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