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.
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.