Author(s): Shane Dunphy
In three amazing stories, childcare worker Shane Dunphy reveals a world of hidden heartbreak and survival against the odds. When Shane meets her, Gillian is starving herself to death and in thrall to a mother more interested in abusing and manipulating her daughter than cherishing and protecting her. Though he tries to help, it seems Shane is just another adult destined to fail Gillian...For the daughter of disturbed violent parents, Connie is an amazingly well-adjusted A-grade student. But when Shane finally gets behind the facade, he unearths a shattering truth behind her apparent normality...Cordelia, Victor and Ibar are three loving siblings left with a hopelessly alcoholic neglectful father. It's a race against time to see if their father can ever become the kind of Dad he wants to be, or if they are destined to be split up and sucked into the childcare merry-go-round ...
Shane Dunphy worked in child protection in southeast Ireland for fifteen years. Wednesday's Child is a distillation of cases he encountered in that time to make a single, year-long narrative. Shane now tutors on childcare courses in Waterford City. He is a native of Wexford, where he still lives with his wife and two children.