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Joyce, June and Paula Kavanagh were three sisters born to a family of ten in Ballyfermot, Dublin in the 1960s. Their father abused all three of them in the family home throughout their childhood.
In 1989, the sisters made the brave decision to bring charges against their father and, in 1990, the state took a successful case against him. He was convicted and imprisoned.
Click, Click is the story of their abuse; the exposure of a man prolific in his paedophilia; and an Irish childhood lost in a dysfunctional, abusive and torturous environment.
Importantly, however, it is also the story of three women's healing; their coming to terms with their abuse, and their forgiveness of themselves and others.
The Kavanagh sisters have refused to allow their abuse to define them. With fierce humour, insight and honesty, they now share their story and show that with love and determination, you can indeed conquer all.

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About the author (2011)

Joyce Kavanagh was born in 1956 and has six children, ranging in age from fifteen to thiry-one, as well as recently becoming a granny for the first time. She studied holistic healing and is qualified in reflexology and colour therapy. She has a BA degree in Community Development and Leadership, and works for a not-for-profit organisation as a Community Engagement Coordinator in the Childhood Development Initiative, Tallaght, where she also lives. Joyce has been involved in adult education for many years and is deeply committed to community development.

June Kavanagh was born in 1961 and is married with three children. She also lives in Tallaght, is qualified in holistic health and works in a women's education centre. She hasa BA degree in Community Development and Leadership. June is a community activist and a Director of the Board of the Childhood Development Initiative, a children's charity, in Tallaght West.

Born in 1963, Paula Kavanagh lives in Dublin with her partner of fourteen years. She returned to full-time adult education in 2000 and studied holistic therapies for two years, graduating with distinction. She then went on to study for a further four years and achieved a BSc Degree in Leisure Management. Paula now works as an Administrative and Communications Coordinator for the Childhood Development Initiative, Tallaght.

Marian Quinn is chief executive of a children's charity in Tallaght, and has previously been employed in the Department of Justice and the Health Service Executive as well as a number of not-for-profit organisations working in children's services. She wrote and developed a national youth crime prevention programme, has published articles in academic journals and is currently writing a novel.

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