‘Warm, hilarious, eye-wateringly moving, with the cleverest use of point of view since Jane Austen … WHAT I DID is the novel that should have won the Booker Prize.’ Daily Mail – UK

‘Horribly plausible – brilliantly captures parent-child relations in the raw, and a primeval love that even the most well-meaning social worker can’t tame’ Independent – UK

‘A child’s view of the actions and attitudes of adults has seldom been so compellingly or tenaciously illustrated as by Wakling in this perfect book.’ Irish Times

‘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 – New York Times bestselling author of ROOM

‘Amusing and unsettling. WHAT I DID lets us into the mind of a child who is comically literal and utterly at sea in the world of adults.’  Guardian – UK

‘Much in the vein of Atonement, a well-intentioned innocent threatens to destroy the people he loves most … Affecting.’  Publishers Weekly

‘Like Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap, [WHAT I DID] documents one family’s attempt to cope with the aftermath of a public outburst and the failure of their own innocent attempts to put things right . . . an affecting, thought-provoking tale of parent-child relations.’ Booklist

‘Wakling creates believable conflict from the everyday facts of a child going just too far and a parent losing it . . . The novel is a strong depiction of a family in crisis.’  Sunday Age – Melbourne

‘Every parent’s nightmare.  Essential reading.’  Cairns Post

‘A powerful parable of 21st century society … A fine, challenging novel.’ Mail on Sunday – UK

‘Powerful, poignant and funny.’  Melbourne Age

‘Quirky yet poignant.’  iBookstore: Book of the Week

‘Gripping, hilarious, tender and a whole lot more, this is, without doubt, one of the books of the year.’  Mail – UK

‘Staggeringly good.  Terrifyingly good.’  Lisa Jewell – bestselling author.

‘Hugely impressive, gripping, funny, and thought provoking.’ Emily Barr, bestselling author of BACKPACK

‘Excellent … Dark but uplifting.’  Alex Preston, author and Review Show critic.

‘Wildly imaginative and surprisingly insightful six-year old narrator Billy Wright buzzes with energy and enthusiasm … A tragic yet comedic look at what is truly understood between a parent and a child.’ — Chatelaine – Canada


‘A fascinating, morally complex tale of greed and murder.’  Sunday Times Books of the Year

‘Wakling weaves a yarn that sets the mind aglow with the sights and sounds of Bristol in 1835 … a page-turner that transports and delights … powerful storytelling.’ Irish Times

‘Hugely enjoyable, with tension holding throughout, and beautiful prose.’  Daily Mail – UK

‘A must-read.  Although the atmosphere is primarily of brooding suspense, woven into it are moments of dark humour.  Clever and original figurative language gives this book an edge.  [It] will totally engross you, from the first page to the last … you won’t be able to put it down.’  Bristol Review of Books

‘Taut and well paced … the characters are well drawn and vibrant. The twist at the end of the story is very satisfying,’  Historical Novel Society

‘I devoured this book cover to cover in an afternoon, unable to put it down … a fascinating, riveting tale … a truly wonderful book.’ Reviewing The Evidence

‘Chilling and well-paced … a mystery that will have you reading well into the wee hours of the morning as you await the outcome of this gripping story.’  Large Print Reviews

Inigo is an engaging young hero … the historical aspect, and theme of slavery post-abolition is very well handled … a well written, pacey, enjoyable novel.’ Eurocrime


‘Funny, original, and very touching.’ Helen Dunmore – bestselling author.

‘A well-crafted, clever novel … shot through with a dry, acerbic wit.  Highly recommended.’  – Bristol Review of Books

‘Delicate and wry and very funny.’ Mavis Cheek – bestselling author.

‘The slippery nature of this tale constantly raises questions over the relative nature of truth and the extent to which grief is a selfish act.’  Metro

‘Sparkling prose … tautly delineated characters … a dark, terrifyingly human novel.’  Hindustan Times

‘Fascinating and horrifying … the novel achieves a remarkably high level of suspense.’  Booklist 

‘Sucks you in like a dream and holds you like a nightmare.  One of the year’s key debuts.’  Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels.

‘Wakling can turn a phrase, and is very funny, too, with a delightfully oblique slant on events.  Daily Telegraph – UK

‘A pulsing debut thriller … a taut study of human foibles, with a vivid and all to fallible hero at its centre.’ Publishers Weekly

‘An accomplished and page turning thriller … a smart novel about identity with a hero largely in flight from himself.’ Guardian – UK

‘A thriller all right.  But one with a subplot that makes for intriguing psychological ambiguity … both fast paced and nuanced.  A suspenseful, morally astute novel.’ Newsday

‘Hitchcockian subtlety … with excitements that are ultimately more character-driven and moral than circumstantial.’  Andrew Pyper, bestselling author

‘Brilliant writing and a terrific plot – a genuine literary thriller.’ Sid Smith, Whitbread First Novel Winner

‘A corporate thriller, but don’t even think John Grisham: this has real literary merit.’  Arena

‘Sharply etched paranoia and panic … an irresistible premise.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘A genuinely disturbing psychological thriller.’ FHM

‘Compulsively readable.’ Booklist