In 1995, Sophia McColgan's father was sentenced to prison for the serial rape and abuse of his children over many years. He had first raped Sophia when she was only six. It had taken immense courage on the part of Sophia and her family to bring the murky, hidden world of family child abuse to the public gaze. Then, in 1998, Susan McKay published "Sophia's Story", one of the most acclaimed Irish books of modern times. Now re-issued with a new introduction by Susan McKay, it records a triumph of the human spirit in the face of the most degrading and destructive betrayal of trust. Sophia McColgan, who now lives abroad, was Irish Person of the Year in 1998.
Susan McKay is one of Ireland's leading journalists and commentators. The recipient of an Amnesty International award for an investigation into the effects of domestic violence on children, she is the author of three critically acclaimed books, Northern Protestants - An Unsettled People; Without Fear - A History of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre; and Bear in Mind These Dead. A well-known broadcaster, Susan has made several documentaries, writes for The Irish Times, Irish News, The Guardian, The Times, and was formerly Northern editor of the Sunday Tribune.