Doug MacLeod started writing poetry and plays in his early teens, with some of his poems published in the Melbourne Age. His first book of verse, Hippopotabus, was published when he was sixteen. Comedian John Cleese was a fan of the book and sent its author a fan letter.
MacLeod graduated from the Drama School of the Victorian College of Arts in 1982. While he was there, he wrote a number of musical scripts, including Heart in the Mouth (for the Victoria Theatre, Ballarat) and Bilge (published in 1988). My Son the Lawyer is Drowning began life at the college as a musical piece. MacLeod became well-established as a writer, especially for children, and edited Puffinalia. He has written From Pento Print : The Making of a Book (1987) about his writing.
MacLeod's career in broadcasting began in 1982 when he wrote and presented for Rave, a weekly one hour current affairs and comedy programme on ABC radio. He has also worked as a writer for many of Australia's most popular television shows including Fast Forward, Big Girls' Blouse, The Micallef Program and SeaChange. MacLeod was script editor for the ABC series Kath and Kim.
'Have you heard the one about the guy who lost a grandfather, but found a girlfriend? It's funny. It's also kind of sad. And some of the bits that are sad are also kind of funny (but only if you laugh at that sort of thing).
'Adam thinks Samantha could be the one for him. But first he has to sort out his parents' crumbling marriage, stop getting into embarrassing situations involving public nudity, find out what's making his gran so angry, stop his little brother doing something really, really dangerous and work out what's so funny about two tigers on a beach. It can't be that hard, can it?' (Publication summary)
The Windy Farm2013single work picture book children's 'Why would anyone want to live on a farm where the winds are so fierce that even the pigs are blown away? Fortunately Mum is a clever inventor and can think of one very good reason.
A hilarious picture book with a very pertinent message about wind power and environmental sustainability, by one of Australia's favourite picture book teams.' (Publisher's blurb)
"What if I were the sane one and everyone else was mad?"
'One night, the shiny guys visit fifteen-year-old Colin Lapsley. They don't speak, but Colin can read their thoughts. They want him to pay for the terrible thing that he has done. When the shiny guys won't go away, Colin is admitted to ward 44. There he discovers an alien world, a powerful weapon, a gentle giant, and a girl who may be able to see what he can see.
'The Shiny Guys is a dark, sometimes funny novel about how fantasy and reality can merge, especially when electricity is involved.' (From the publisher's website.)