'The Bugalugs Bum Thief' (1991) is a children's novel by Australian author Tim Winton.

It is a comedic mystery story about 'Skeeta' Anderson. When 'Skeeta' wakes to find his bum is missing, he discovers that everyone in Bugalugs is also missing their bum. 'Skeeta' decides to find the bum thief.

Timothy John Winton (born 4 August 1960) is an Australian writer of novels, children's books, non-fiction books, and short stories. In 1997 he was named a Living Treasure by the National Trust, and has won the Australian 'Miles Franklin' Literary Award four times.

Tim Winton wrote his first novel, 'An Open Swimmer', which won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award in 1981, launching his writing career. He has stated that he wrote "the best part of three books while at university". His second book, 'Shallows', won the Miles Franklin Award in 1984. It wasn't until 'Cloudstreet' was published in 1991, however, that his writing career was properly established. He has continued to publish fiction, plays and non-fiction material.

He is held in such high regard in Australia that the National Library of Australia holds the 'Papers of Tim Winton' (unpublished 1980-1996), biographical cuttings and programs and related material collected by the National Library of Australia.

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