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  • Published: 28 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9781742530918
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 312

The Life of a Teenage Body-snatcher



Thomas Timewell is sixteen and a gentleman. When he meets a body-snatcher called Plenitude, his whole life changes.

Thomas Timewell is sixteen and a gentleman. When he meets a body-snatcher called Plenitude, his whole life changes. He is pursued by cutthroats, a gypsy with a meat cleaver, and even the Grim Reaper. More disturbing still, Thomas has to spend an evening with the worst novelist in the world.
A very black comedy set in England in 1828, The Life of a Teenage Body-snatcher shows what terrible events can occur when you try to do the right thing. 'Never a good idea,' as Thomas's mother would say.

  • Published: 28 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9781742530918
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 312

About the author

Doug MacLeod

Doug MacLeod is a Melbourne writer of books and TV. In 2008 the Australian Writers' Guild awarded him the Fred Parsons award for contribution to Australian comedy. (He has worked as a writer on shows such as Fast Forward and SeaChange, and as script editor on three seasons of Kath and Kim.)

He also devised and co-wrote the animated series Dogstar, which has been screened all over the world. Doug received two Australian Writers' Guild awards for his scripts for series one, as well as the inaugural John Hinde award for science fiction. His best known book is Sister Madge's Book of Nuns, which started as a practical joke on a publisher. He left his full-time TV job in 2002 to focus on writing books for young adults. So far he has had seven novels published by Penguin. The most recent are The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher, a CBCA Honour Book in 2012 shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and the Aurealis Awards, and The Shiny Guys, shortlisted for the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. One of his novels, The Clockwork Forest, was presented as a play by The Sydney Theatre Company in 2008, and in 2013 he wrote Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert, a musical about the life of Margaret Fulton.

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Awards & recognition

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

Honour Award  •  2011  •  Older Readers

Prime Minister's Literary Award

Highly commended  •  2011  •  Young Adult Fiction

Aurealis Awards

Shortlisted  •  2011  •  Best Young Adult Novel

Victorian Premier's Literary Award

Shortlisted  •  2011  •  Writing for Young Adults

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

Shortlisted  •  2012  •  Young Adult Fiction

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