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Wednesday's Child Paperback – Feb 2006


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  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd (Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717140067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717140060
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,981,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Unputdownable' Sunday World 'This harrowing book should be read by anyone who cares how the State copes with troubled children' -- Irish Examiner Wednesday's Child is a serious but accessible book, and it casts an illuminating light on the lives of people who are so often unacknowledged. The Book Bag 'Shocking, heart-breaking and inspiring' Clare Champion Wednesday's Child is that rare beast: a serious work of non-fiction that reads like a thriller. A book, about childhood and what we do to our children, that never exploits but seeks only to understand. By turns funny, angry, touching and, ultimately, almost unbearbly moving, it is a stunning achievement. -- John Connolly --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Shane Dunphy was born and brought up in Wexford, where he now lives. After working as a Child Protection Worker in several other countries, he now teaches on childcare courses in Waterford City. Wednesday's Child is his first book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CatherineL on 28 Sep 2011
Format: Paperback
Having worked in the care profession myself for a number of years, I did not find the stories in this book hard to believe at all, I think that it takes a very special kind of person to do the job that Shane has done for so many years, not only that, he was also talented enough to bring them to life in this book and others, he gives an honest account of his work, his own thoughts, his own feelings, that is not something the reader will come by very often.

It is inspiring to know that there are people out there, like Shane, who go above and beyond to help these poor souls, I think the book gives a great insight into how the wheels in these cases turn behind the scenes, His reviews of the cases outlined in the book do come across as very accurate, he does not try to gloss over anything at all that I can see....and I think that is testament to his character which comes across so clearly in all of his books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. A. Jacques on 29 Dec 2011
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This is the first book I have read by Shane dumpy and I must say how impressed I was. It took me two days to read and would have been shorter if I didn't have two infants to look after. I could not put this book down. Interesting insight to the child care system but not too heavy on the ins and outs. A thoroughly good read. Recomended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracey C Wickham on 26 Jan 2013
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This was a compelling read. I will certainly be reading more of his books. You really feel for these children and families
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. K. Rosemurgey on 8 Dec 2012
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This is the first one I read of Shane's ...
I love these stories, there's a reality that alot of these type of books don't have. He admits when he feels out of his depth, or when he's made a mistake. Absolutely brilliant!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dee Dee on 14 Aug 2006
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The first thing I want to say about Wednesday's Child is that I read it in a single sitting. For a book that deals with the sometimes unsettling issue of child abuse, it was a remarkably easy read. I found it compelling and real, and I should know, I work in the professional area myself. All the stories were believable and handled with a sensitivity and a gentle touch. Secondly, issues such as the legal framework, the limitations of the system and how difficult it can be working within a team, when everyone is stressed and emotionally wrung out by simply getting through the day, are addressed without ever coming off as preachy or sanctimonious. Someone who is unused to the area will, I think, be informed by this book without even knowing they are learning something, making it ideal for social care/social work students.

However, I don't want anyone to think that this is a text book. It reads just like a novel, and the characters are vividly realised and incredibly well written. The 'victims' (and I use the term advisedly, because the children are really portrayed as amazingly resiliant and strong), are beautifully depicted. YOu really feel you know them, and their victories and defeats - and there are defeats, this is not a feelgood book, by any means - are all put across in a heartfelt way.

I got huge amount from Wednesday's Child, and I hope that Shane Dunphy writes more. I think he has a strong voice that deserves to be heard.
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By squirrel 59 on 30 Aug 2014
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Gutsy, sad in places, honest, real - couldn't out it down....content childcare in Ireland - on a human level well worth reading but insightful for professionals too....enjoyed it as far as one is able, such suffering and glad I read it - different and a worthy read as well...Squirrel 59 - 30.8.14
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Louise Hambling on 14 Aug 2006
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Working as a child care worker myself, I was delighted to hear that a piece of work had been written about the actual experiences of one who had worked in the field for fifteen years. I began reading Wednesday's Child one evening and finally put it down at 2am that morning. The content was without doubt, harrowing, but Shane's treatment of it was sensitive without being sentimental. His voice remained clear and honest throughout and led the reader into unimaginable places with a gentle, yet unyielding description of the horror that was the life of the children in his care. I thought the character development was superb. I found myself really caring about the fate of these children and hoping that there would be a happy ending. All in all, I think Wednesday's child is not only a fine piece of writing, but an essential read, not only for those of us who work in the area, but all who want an honest description of an area seldom discussed so openly.
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By G. Young on 27 July 2014
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I am a big fan of his...... and I am also Wednesday@s child... how could I resist this.
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