Jo Browning Wroe Reads from A Terrible Kindness, a Fictional Account of the 1966 Aberfan Disaster
From the 200th Episode of Damian Barr’s Literary Salon Podcast
Damian Barr’s Literary Salon tempts the world’s best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests include Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Yaa Gyasi, Mary Beard, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières—all in front of a live audience at leading glamorous locations world-wide. Our London home is the Savoy. Suave salonnière Damian Barr is your host.
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Welcome to our 200th podcast episode! In this episode we’re sharing a beautifully written and uniquely told novel about a tragic event in history: the 1966 Aberfan Disaster, in which a landslide buried a school. William Lavery, a newly certified embalmer, offers up his services to the grieving families. As William soon discovers, giving so much to others can sometimes help us to heal ourselves. This book does so many things, and it does them powerfully. It’s a story about masculinity, trauma, and above all—resilience.
A Terrible Kindness is a must-read novel written by Jo Browning Wroe and published by Faber. It’s available now and we recommend buying a copy from your local indie, or you can get it from our shop at Bookshop.org. A signed edition is also available from Waterstones.
This podcast is edited and produced by Megan Bay Dorman.