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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (20 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472107489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472107480
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Shane Dunphy:

'A heart-warming reminder of the endurance of the human spirit.' Torey Hayden

After the death of his best friend, Shane Dunphy runs away from his life working at a special needs crèche. However, when a part-time journalism job in rural Ireland leads him to three siblings crying out for protection, Shane cannot stand idly by and watch . . .

Little Emma Blaney lives with her siblings in an ancient farmhouse with no running water, electricity or contact with the outside world. While covering a land dispute between Emma's father Tom and his powerful brother Gerry, Shane discovers that there is a lot more wrong with the family than just a feud. The children are filthy, nervous and undernourished.

In order to protect them, Shane finds himself at loggerheads with the church, local government and big business. But Shane must discover the truth before it is too late, even if it might cost him his new life.

About the Author

In fifteen years as a child protection worker, Shane Dunphy saw children growing up in horrific situations. He also saw their amazing ability to survive those unpromising beginnings. Shane is now a tutor on childcare courses and a respected commentator on child protection issues.

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By Sheila Camp VINE VOICE on 11 April 2014
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I've read all of Shane's books and really enjoyed every one. This was a bit different, but still interesting and I couldn't put it down.

This is the first book Shane has written since his best friend Lonnie died. We occasionally 'meet' Lonnie while Shane is 'getting his head round' what he needs to do with his life. He worked in a special needs creche but was also involved in child protection work. He decided to take a change of direction, move away and work as a part time journalist and part time teacher.

It's during his journalist job that he comes across the Blaneys and their children and Shane has to come to terms with the fact that (with Lonnie's help) he can't get away from child protection.

I won't give the story away by saying I liked how Lonnie ended up being the genie in the lamp for one of the Blaney children and then disappeared from both Shane and the child Emma Blaney, once they were both sorted out in their minds.

This is another good read. Roll on the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Waite on 27 Feb. 2014
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This is not one of Shane's best books
Normally cannot put him down but
Found this a little heavy going and very different from his usual books
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I couldn't put this book down. The best of Shane Dunphy's books yet, if that is possible. I can only say thank you for the quality of the writing, the flow of the story, the inherent challenges, the honesty, the learning. Through sharing vulnerability and compassion with such honesty, Shane makes it somehow okay to be fully human, and that is rare. Thanks Shane. Stunning, thanks. More please!
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By Sonia Harwood on 13 Feb. 2015
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Shane's books are much more than just true life memoirs. They bring the people in the pages to life. I work as a foster carer, and find Shane to be inspiring without being slushy. He is not afraid to put his own faults into his books, and is not beyond laughing at himself. One of my favourites of his books.
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By Donna Hartup on 1 July 2014
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I am a huge fan of Shane Dunphy and have read all of his books!This book is as well written and as gripping as the others.I have never found an author quite like Shane.he has some amazing true stories to tell.And the only problem is i cant put his books down once i start reading them!My absolute favourite author!xx
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By Chantelle on 27 Jun. 2014
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I am always sad when I have finished one of shanes books because although I can't wait to get to the end to see why happens. I just want to read another one of his books. I have read all of his books and I'm just hoping he has many more for me to read.
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Written by a person who works in the social work section and is relating experiences encountered during the performance of his duties. The child in question was a case study.
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By sophie oakley on 1 Jun. 2014
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Primarily about grief, this book covers lots of different story lines. It is a book about child protection but from an referrers prospective instead of a social worker or child's prospective.
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