Fifteen Days Without a Head

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byDave Cousins

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Fifteen-year-old Laurence Roach just wants a normal life, but it's not easy when your mum is a depressed alcoholic, and your six-year-old brother thinks he's a dog. When Mum fails to come home one night, Laurence tells nobody, terrified he and his brother will be taken into care if anyone finds out. Instead, he attempts to keep up the pretence that Mum is still around: dressing up in her clothes to trick the neighbours and spinning an increasingly complicatedtangle of lies. After two weeks on their own, running out of food and money, and with suspicious adults closing in, Laurence finally discovers what happened to his mother. And that's when the trouble really starts . . .A compelling thriller filled with some hilarious and surreal moments. Fifteen Days Without a Head is a tender, honest story about family, forgiveness and hope.

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Fifteen-year-old Laurence Roach just wants a normal life, but it's not easy when your mum is a depressed alcoholic, and your six-year-old brother thinks he's a dog. When Mum fails to come home one night, Laurence tells nobody, terrified he and his brother will be taken into care if anyone finds out. Instead, he attempts to keep up the ...

Dave Cousin's short story The Floodlight Man was broadcast on Radio Five Live, read by Dave himself. He also won a place in the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators Undiscovered Voices anthology beating lots of tough competition. Dave Cousins grew up in Birmingham, in a house full of books and records. Abandoning childhood p...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.8 × 5.08 × 0.07 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192732560

ISBN - 13:9780192732569

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"An excellent debut. It's a tough and turbulent tale of growing up the hard way, but there's heart and soul on every page. I can't wait to see what Cousins does next." --Keith Gray, the award-winning author of Ostrich Boys