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What I Did

(2011)
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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.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Hugely impressive, gripping, funny and thought provoking." - Emily Barr

"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

"I loved it! Staggeringly good. Terrifyingly good." - Lisa Jewell

"Excellent . . . Dark but uplifting." - Alex Preston


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September 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: What I Did
Author(s): Christopher Wakling
ISBN: 0-7531-9020-6 / 978-0-7531-9020-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : UK Paperback

Title: What I Did
Author(s): Christopher Wakling
ISBN: 0-7531-9021-4 / 978-0-7531-9021-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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July 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: What I Did: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Wakling
ISBN: 0-06-212169-3 / 978-0-06-212169-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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April 2012 : Canada Paperback
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Title: What I Did
Author(s): Christopher Wakling
ISBN: 1-4434-0957-X / 978-1-4434-0957-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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January 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: What I Did
Author(s): Christopher Wakling
ISBN: 0-7195-6909-5 / 978-0-7195-6909-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
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August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: What I Did
Author(s): Christopher Wakling
ISBN: 1-84854-616-5 / 978-1-84854-616-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: John Murray
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Kindle Editions

July 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: What I Did: A Novel
Author(s): Christopher Wakling
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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April 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: What I Did
Author(s): Christopher Wakling
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: What I Did
Author(s): Christopher Wakling
Publisher: John Murray
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU