15 Days Without a Head

15 Days Without a Head
Pub date 5th January 2012
Publisher (UK) Oxford University Press

How far would you go to keep your family together?

Meet Laurence – fifteen years old and six feet tall – he’ll dress up as his mum and impersonate a dead man on the radio. Meet Jay – his six year old brother. He looks like an angel but thinks he’s a dog. He’ll sink his teeth into anyone who gets in the way.

Today is Tuesday – and the next fifteen days will change the boys’ lives for ever …


Praise for 15 Days Without a Head

'This heartfelt well-told debut is a delight.' – The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week, 1 Jan 2012, Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

'Incredible lightness of touch and humour but also seriously weighty . . . reminded me a lot of Frank Cottrell Boyce.' – Anthony McGowan

'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.' – Keith Gray, the award-winning author of Ostrich Boys

'Cousins' sheer inventiveness coupled with Laurence's sparky voice, keeps the story from becoming depressing or worthy.' – Suzi Feay, Financial Times

'A tough, charged . . . gripping story.'– Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids

'Great characters, snappy dialogue and most importantly, huge of heart. Magic.' – Phil Earle, author of Being Billy

'Unputdownable . . . a jewel of a book.' – Candy Gourlay, author of Tall Story

'Some books you read and find entertaining. And some books you read and never forget. This is one I will have in my mind for a long time.' – PaulaSHx, blogger

'I want to put this book in every teenager's hand.' – Serendipity Reviews



2013 SCBWI Crystal Kite for UK & Europe

Premio Andersen (15+ category for Italian edition)



Carnegie Medal

Branford Boase

Brilliant Book Award

Grampian Book Award (shortlist)

James Reckitt Hull Children's Book Award (shortlist)

Lancashire Book of the Year Award (shortlist)

Llanelli Schools Best Read of the Year (shortlist)

North East Teenage Book Award (shortlist)

Redbridge Teen Book Award (shortlist)

Rib Valley Book Award (shortlist)

St Helens Book Award



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