Five Parts Dead - Book Launch
What do you do when you’ve just lost three of your best mates?
Who do you turn to when your life is suddenly bound to a wheelchair?
Dan has dodged the Reaper again. If he were a cat, five of his nine lives would be gone—when his mates didn’t even get second chances. He’s still grieving their deaths when he’s dragged on a family holiday at a remote island lighthouse.
Left alone, at what feels like the end of the earth, Dan starts sensing a mysterious girl. Is she a dream? Or has he somehow hooked into the spirit world?
The lighthouse logbook helps illuminate some of the girl’s tragic story but Dan will have to dig deeper to find answers and the inspiration to embrace life again.
Tim Pegler, a member of LoA, first came across the ideas for his latest novel while staying at Cape du Couedic lighthouse on Kangaroo Island. The atmosphere and true stories of life at Cape du Douedic and Cape Borda have been blended with fictional additives, to come up with Five Parts Dead a novel for the young adult.
Real life characters such as Lily Jenneson, who was buried in a corner of the cemetry opposing all the other graves at Cape Borda, and Capt. Woodward the first headkeeper, who died an agonising death after tripping and piercing his eye, star fictitiously in the novel as Dan struggles with his grief and survivor guilt in the lonely location of the lightstation.
"Despite these grim themes, I’d like to think that the message of the story is about the possibility of healing. While Dan asks what it means to be five parts dead, the real question we’re left with is how to make the most of being alive."
Five Parts Dead will be launched in Melbourne during International Lighthouse Weekend, and LoA members/Bulletin subscribers are welcome. Tim will also sign a copy for you on Saturday 28th August between 10am and noon at Red Door Books, 34 High Street, Lancefield. Other book signing opportunities will be advertised on his blog. Alternatively, you can purchase a copy online, and in all good bookstores.
"Tim has managed to deliver a perfect read" - Review by The Book Gryffin
Tim Pegler is an award-winning journalist and author. After a decade at the Age and The Australian, he now works as a website editor and freelance journalist. His first novel for young adults, Game as Ned, was a Children’s Book Council notable book in 2008. Tim lives in Melbourne.