My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong

With the same kind of hilarity, groan-making grossness, ridiculous situations and craziness [as the Andy Griffiths and Jeff Kinney laugh-out-louds], boys in particular will revel in these books from Tristan Bancks.’

– Sue Warren – Oz Teacher-Librarian Network


‘Top Book Gift for Kids’ The Book Chook

‘I was reminded of Paul Jennings’ short stories… The stories start off plausible but by the end have stretched into (very funny) tall tales. Recommended for upper primary / lower secondary students, public libraries and reluctant readers everywhere.‘ – Magpies Magazine

Synopsis (What’s it About?)

Is your grandpa super-angry? Has your Nan ever tried to climb Mt Everest? Have you started your own playground freak show? And have you ever risked your life to save your pet rat from certain destruction?

I have. I’m Tom Weekly and this is my life. Inside the covers of this book you’ll read lots of weird-funny-gross stories and learn the secret of my strangest body part. But I guarantee that won’t freak you out as much as the story of how Stella Holling, a girl who’s been in love with me since second grade, tricked me into kissing her.


  Buy a copy of On The Run, signed by the author Tristan Bancks

I tried to make a 2-minute video about the book with a bunch of rotten kids. It was kind of a disaster…

Read a Free Sample of Short Story, Freak!


”If you’re a fan of Andy Griffiths and Jeff Kinney, My Life and Other Stuff That Went Wrong is the book that has been missing in your life.’ – The Little Bookroom, Melbourne

Learn to draw My Life’s Tom Weekly in this 41-second masterclass with illustrator, Gus Gordon

Download My Life Colouring-In Pages


What kids and critics are saying:

Here’s what reviewers said about the first Tom Weekly book, My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up

‘These bite-sized bursts of fun are inspired by Paul Jennings, Andrew Daddo and Andy Griffiths, the sort of stories that will keep kids enthralled.’ – Oliver Phommavanh in Buzz Words Books 

‘A sort of Aussie tall-tale version of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Bancks’ latest features stories with a high-level gross-out factor.’ – Booklist 

‘Are you ready to laugh? Yes? Good. Because you won’t be able to help yourself once you open this cover … Boys will love this book. Fans of Griffiths, Gleitzman and Jennings will be thrilled to have this book in their collection.’ –

[BIG thanks to all the kids who have offered ideas as the stories and covers have developed and to the brilliant Gus Gordon, Zoe Walton, Brandon VanOver, Catriona Murdie, Sophie Hamley and Astred Hicks, whose story smarts, design skills, illustration and editing have brought the book to life.]





  1. Anonymous
    April 23, 2014 / 8:40 am

    Hi my names Tayla and I was at voices on the coast today.I thought you were awesome!!! I have a good idea for your next My Life book. Tom could annoy his dad bye hiding the remote and not helping him find it.

  2. April 28, 2014 / 4:42 am

    Thanks Tayla. Great idea. Thanks for sharing and so glad you had a good day. 🙂 T

  3. Anonymous
    August 14, 2014 / 9:39 am

    Hi I'm Noah And When You Said Your Story Has Gone Into The Search Does That Mean It's In The New Book?

  4. August 14, 2014 / 11:25 pm

    Hey Noah. I just mean that we will read your story when we read the other entries and thanks a million for sending in your story! 😉 T.

  5. Spencer
    May 10, 2015 / 7:29 am

    You came to my brothers school last week (Newington) for their book festival. We got all of the My Life books and Two Wolves. They are great!!

  6. May 10, 2015 / 7:31 am

    Nice one, Spencer. I had a great time at Newington, as always. Hope you keep loving the books. 😉

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