Author bio

Tim wrote his first story – a tale about a girl with round spectacles, a lightning-bolt-shaped scar and magic – when he was nine years old. (OK, so the bit about the scar isn’t true.)

After studying criminology and English literature at university, and working widely and dangerously as a landscaper and labourer, Tim obtained a cadetship at The Sun News-Pictorial. A decade in journalism followed at newspapers including The Age, Herald Sun, The Weekly Times and The Australian.

Journalism saw Tim travel to India, Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory and throughout country Victoria, covering everything from crime to politics. He won several awards before switching to online media, working briefly as a film reviewer and then as a website content manager.

Switching to a digital health technology company, Tim took on a range of roles including writing the text for mobile apps and joining the national sales team. When you think about it, most jobs involve storytelling — and selling.

Tim’s first novel, Game as Ned, is a re-imagining of the Ned Kelly story exploring themes such as bullying, difference and injustice. Told through the eyes of two teenagers, the book has attracted rave reviews from secondary students, particularly from the toughest critics of all – reluctant readers. Game as Ned is a Children’s Book Council of Australia notable book (2008), and was long-listed for the Inky and Ned Kelly awards. It was also recommended as a book “useful for therapists” in the 2007 Australian Family Therapists Award for children’s literature.

Tim’s second novel for young adults, Five Parts Dead, was released in August 2010. Reviews were similarly effusive and several schools added Five Parts Dead to their book lists with a view to triggering discussions about drink-driving, grief, guilt and truth.


Married to the lovely Kristin with two offspring – one dragon and one monkey

Favourite books
The Messenger by Markus Zusak; The Broken Shore by Peter Temple, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick

Favourite destinations
Australia: Croajingalong, Vic; Great Ocean Road, Vic; Kangaroo Island, SA; Kakadu, NT.
Elsewhere: Kyoto, Japan; Jaipur, India; Skagen, Denmark

Favourite films
The Incredibles; The Matrix; Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Raiders of the Lost Ark

Favourite musos
Ben Folds; Bruce Springsteen; The Decemberists, Gang of Youths, Midnight Oil, The Waifs

Favourite TV
Breaking Bad; Chernobyl; Friday Night Lights; The X-Files

Footy team
North Melbourne

Cycling; gardening

5 Replies to “Author bio”

  1. Dear Mr Pegler,
    My name is Hannah and I am 12, nearly 13. I have just read your book ‘ Five Parts Dead’ and it is my very favourite book.
    I am doing an assignment on you as my favourite Australian author for my grade 7 Research Based Learning at the Eudunda Area School (in rural South Australia). My teacher wants us to list where the author was born and where they live now. You must be very secretive beacuse google has not helped me locate this information, so Mum said I should write to you.
    I would be very grateful if you could give this information unless it is a secret?
    I am looking forward to your next book.
    Hannah Adelaide Neville-Pope

  2. Dear Tim,
    It was great to meet you and lovely camping next to your family and friends. All of your children are delightfully creative and articulate, which just proves that an educated mind and a sense of worth stemming from being listened to, produces a peace loving and interesting child.

    I will track down a copy of ‘Five Parts Dead’ and let you know if I think I can canvass it for our Year 10 next year.


    1. G’day Sue – many thanks for reading and sending your feedback. Not to question your impartiality … but could we be distantly related? Best wishes, Tim.

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