What I Did

Author(s): Christopher Wakling


A boy runs across a busy road. His father smacks him. A passer-by intervenes ...When Billy Wright runs across a busy road, his world is altered irreversibly, even though he doesn't realise it at the time. Because a passer-by has stopped to watch the scene. She has seen Billy's father catch up with him and smack him. Within an hour she has informed social services, plunging the family into a living nightmare which begins with a social worker's visit and escalates through a series of misunderstandings until the family is threatened to its core. What I Did is a powerful novel about the unseen consequences of a split second decision, about a childhood interrupted and the lengths we go to to protect the ones we love. It is frequently heartbreaking, blackly funny, and utterly compelling.


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This is family life at its most believable: warm and messy, bored and raging. WHAT I DID is every parent's nightmare, but will make you burst out laughing too. I loved it. -- Emma Donoghue, author of ROOM I loved it! Staggeringly good. Terrifyingly good -- Lisa Jewell Hugely impressive, gripping, funny and thought provoking -- Emily Barr Excellent ... Dark but uplifting -- Alex Preston

Christopher Wakling has worked as a teacher, lawyer and travel writer. Educated at Oxford, he now lives in Bristol with his wife and children.

General Fields

  • : 9781848546165
  • : Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • : Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • : August 2011
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Christopher Wakling
  • : Paperback
  • : 911
  • : 288