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About Shane

Childcare expert, author, teacher, journalist, broadcaster, musician, nerd, husband, Dad, Grandad.

Shane Dunphy was born in Brighton in 1973. A child protection worker for 15 years, he is the bestselling author of 16 books. His first nine titles dealt with his time on the frontline of social care work, and include the number one bestseller Wednesday’s Child. His series of crime novels (written under the name SA Dunphy) feature the emotionally damaged criminologist David Dunnigan. Stories From the Margins, his new series of True Crime books written for Audible, is critically acclaimed as well as being an audio-bestseller. Click here for a the full story: https://shanedunphyauthor.org/biography/

Shane’s latest book

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A retired journalist believes a killer is on the loose, a dangerous man who is being protected by those sworn to bring him to justice; Shane Dunphy must decide if this is terrifying truth or dark fantasy.

In this shocking new True Crime Audible Original an old friend contacts child protection expert and writer Shane to seek his advice. He believes he knows what happened to a group of children who went missing in the 1980s.
The veteran journalist is certain there is a conspiracy going right to the top of the police and government in Ireland – and maybe even further afield – to protect those responsible.

Is he just jumping at shadows, burnt out by years at the sharp end of a tough job, or is this one of the biggest stories in the history of Irish crime reporting? As Shane investigates, he begins to recognise the MO of the alleged killer, and is drawn back to a case from the very beginning of his own work in child protection, one that almost ended his career before it started.

It was the case that brought him face to face with a terrifying figure known as The Dark Man. And to a crumbling mansion in the Irish countryside terrified children call The Bad Place.

Punctuated by folk songs, stories from Ireland’s dark history and Shane’s trademark empathy and sensitivity, The Bad Place combines the best of True Crime writing with the tenderness of an inspirational memoir. Fans of both genres will be riveted.


Shane in the Sunday Independent

In an emotional and in-depth interview, Shane talked to journalist and author Emily Hourican about the challenges he has overcome to become a bestselling authot and advocate for so many who don’t have a voice.


Shane on The Tubridy Show

Shane spoke to Ryan Tubridy about his new True Crime audiobook series, Stories From the Margins, and for the first time opened up about the childhood traumas that have inspired his writing and driven his work in child protection.


Stories From the Margins: The Bad Place is a Number One Besteller!

Shane’s latest audiobook, the second installment in the Stories From the Margins series, entitled The Bad Place, has been a major success, reaching Number 2 on the overall True Crime charts, and hitting Number 1 in its category, Kidnapping and Abduction Stories.

Stories From the Margins: The Bad Place is out now!

The Audible bestseller, Stories From the Margins: Bleak Alley, is available to download right now and is only the click of a mouse or a jab of a finger on your tablet or smart phone away. It tells of Shane’s experiences working with a group of kids who were involved with a street gang, and how that engagement changed Shane’s life – and some of theirs – irrevocably. Shane also examines the history of Irish gangs, going right back to Celtic Ireland, and travels through the rigours of the Famine, visiting with the Peaky Blinders, hanging out with Animal Gangs and Lugs Brannigan in the Dublin of the tenements, and discusses the management style of notorious individuals like The General.

If you’re a True Crime fan, you’ll love this. To give you a taste, here’s an excerpt of the story, which Shane narrates and has specially composed and performed music for.

There’s nothing else quite like Stories From the Margins out there.

Welcome to Bleak Alley.

Shane singing a song he wrote about the current appalling behaviour of the Irish government.

Shane recorded this song, based on a Pete Seger protest number, about the anger so many people are feeling just now about the behaviour of certain members of the Irish government and judiciary. It has received quite a lot of attention on social media, viewed thousands of times and getting lots of shares and positive comments.

Shane’s Books

The Wednesday’s Child Series

The Dunnigan Series

Stories From the Margins

Ghost Written with Stephanie Hickey

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