Join us for an evening in the company of Jo Browning Wroe as she talks about her stunning debut novel A Terrible Kindness.

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.

A Terrible Kindness is a celebration of the power of community, love forged in pain and the redemption that comes from deep kindness in the face of terrible loss.

Jo Browning Wroe has written a moving and memorable first novel which we’ve selected as our Book of the Month for February. We’re delighted to welcome Jo to Oswestry and look forward to sharing this standout debut with you.


Tickets: £7 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of A Terrible Kindness) or £15 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of A Terrible Kindness). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).

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