Welcome to bestselling author Shane Dunphy’s online home.

About Shane

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

Shane Dunphy was born in Brighton in 1973, but grew up in Ireland, where he has lived and worked for most of his life. A child protection worker for 15 years, he is the bestselling author of 17 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

No Ceremony of the Dead – A group of childhood friends are coming after the man who abused them and put one of their friends in a coma; can Shane Dunphy stop their murderous plans but still bring the predator to justice?

An investigation into an institutional abuser who has been continually protected by the establishment brings Shane on a collision course with a dangerous and deranged sadist. Along the way he finds himself clashing with a Nazi biker gang, a wealthy philanthropist with a dark secret and the hidden secrets of the past. Told with wry wit and deep compassion, this is a story you won’t want to miss.

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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.

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.

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.

News

Shane signs three-book deal with Bookouture

From https://www.bookouture.com/2021/01/26/bestselling-author-s-a-dunphy-joins-bookouture/

We are delighted to announce that UK and Irish bestselling author Shane Dunphy (writing as S.A. Dunphy) is joining the Bookouture family. Shane has sold over 800,000 copies of his crime fiction and narrative non-fiction books across the world and is a true crime bestseller in audiobook.  He has also published influential academic titles and scholarly texts in the field of the social sciences.

Commissioning Editor Therese Keating acquired World English Language and audio rights from Ivan Mulcahy at MMB Creative for three books in a new series of crime thrillers set in Ireland, starring detective duo Jessie Boyle and Seamus Keneally. The first in the series will publish in September 2021.

Therese said,

‘Shane is a hugely exciting talent and I’m overjoyed to be publishing him. I was gripped from the moment I picked up the first Boyle and Keneally thriller. It’s a brilliantly paced and tense race against time with a terrifying villain, but just as compelling are the characters of his detectives and the eerie atmosphere of the remote Irish setting. It’s a truly winning combination and I can’t wait to share these books with readers.’

Shane said,

‘Bringing the Boyle and Keneally series to Bookouture is, quite simply, a no-brainer. The team at Bookouture understand every level of the industry and have amazing instincts for what readers want. Most importantly, though, Bookouture is somewhere writers are nurtured and developed. I know my characters and their world will thrive and flourish under the astute guidance of my editor Therese and her team.’

Stories From the Margins is an Audible Bestseller!

No Ceremony for the Dead and The Bad Place are currently dominating the Abduction and Kidnapping chart on the Audible True Crime charts, holding the top 2 slots, with No Ceremony for the Dead at Number 1 and The Bad Place at Number 2. In the main True Crime charts, which combines all the sub-genres worldwide, the series is holding positions Number 3 and Number 12, with No Ceremony at 3 and Bleak Alley making a return at 12. All of which means Stories From the Margins is a certified Audible Bestseller in one of the most competitive genres there is.

Dunnigan Book 4 – Why She Ran – is out in paperback!

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 author and advocate for so many who don’t have a voice.

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/my-journey-has-been-quite-dark-at-times-but-ive-come-out-the-other-end-author-shane-dunphy-39774218.html

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.

https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/21862519

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!

Stories From the Margins begins on Bleak Alley

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’s Books

The Wednesday’s Child Series

The Dunnigan Series

Stories From the Margins

Ghost Written with Stephanie Hickey

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