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What I Did, By Christopher Wakling

From Molesworth to Adrian Mole, English literature is crammed with memorable schoolboy narrators. In his fifth novel, Christopher Wakling takes us back even further, acting as ventriloquist to the kindergarten classes with a horribly plausible journey into the mind of a six-year-old boy. Billy Wright, the book's pint-sized narrator, isn't on the special needs spectrum, nor is he intentionally difficult. It's just the "electricity" he feels "fizzing" in his arms and legs that compels him to tip back on chairs and slam into walls. One weekday morning, this same energy causes him to slip out from under his father's grasp and make a dash across a busy main road. Billy's father, already irritated after an incident in a coffee shop, pulls down his son's trousers and smacks him across the buttocks "very, very, very hard". As in Christos Tsiolkas's novel, The Slap, the ensuing drama is less about politically incorrect parenting than how a family copes with the fall-out of a very public violation.

Indian ministers quit after watching porn video clip

Two senior Indian politicians were forced to resign after they were caught watching a pornographic film during a session of their state assembly.

Sara Malm: You can't teach your children how to be street smart

Aquestion was raised in i last week: "Should we let our children roam free?" That question needs to be rephrased. It should be "How can we not?"

Sarah Ferguson with her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, in Istanbul for the documentary

The Duchess and her diplomatic difficulty

Sarah Ferguson went to Turkey to film cruelty to orphans. Now she's been asked back – to jail

The Street Safe venture is an extension of the one set up following the disappearance in 2003 of teenager Charlene Downes

Independent Appeal: The project that could prevent another Charlene Downes from disappearing

Matilda Battersby reports on an innovative scheme to help locate runaway teenagers

Abuse 'widespread' in Dutch Church

The Catholic church in the Netherlands was blamed yesterday for the systematic and widespread of abuse of up to 20,000 children and adolescents in its homes and institutions, in a damning independent report which castigated the clergy for failing to deal with the problem or help the victims.

Child sex convictions 'up 60%'

The number of people convicted of sex offences on children under 16 in England and Wales has increased by nearly 60% in six years, it was reported today.

Mother who left four-year old home alone to be questioned

The mother of a four-year-old girl left home alone was questioned by police under caution today after she returned to Britain.

Nurseries probed over child welfare

Police, Ofsted and children's services have launched a joint investigation into the welfare of children at two privately owned nurseries.

Sharon Shoesmith could get £1m compensation

The former child protection boss Sharon Shoesmith is in line for compensation estimated at up to £1m after judges rejected applications to challenge a ruling that she was unfairly sacked following the Baby P tragedy.

Madonna to open Malawian orphanage

Madonna plans to open an orphanage in Malawi.

Agencies aware of boy's killers

A boy of three was tortured to death by a couple looking after him despite their being known to child protection agencies, a report revealed yesterday.

Boy, 3, killed after failings

A three-year-old boy was tortured and murdered by a couple employed to care for him after a string of failings by agencies monitoring his killers, a serious case review has found.

Great Ormond Street faces new attack on alleged Baby P cover-up

A report which said a doctor at the Haringey clinic should not have been hired was cut before it was shown to the official review

Record number of children rescued from abuse

A record number of children have been rescued from paedophiles prowling the internet for the fifth consecutive year, a specialist police unit said today.

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