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Wake in Fright : Text Classics - Kenneth Cook

Wake in Fright

Text Classics

By: Kenneth Cook, Peter Temple (Introduction by)

Paperback | 26 April 2012 | Edition Number 1

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The controller stood back.
'Right,' he said. 'Spin 'em!'
The man flipped the piece of wood and the coins spun up into the air above his head and dropped down on to the carpet.
There was silence.


Wake in Fright tells the tale of John Grant's journey into an alcoholic, sexual and spiritual nightmare. It is the original and the greatest outback horror story. Bundanyabba and its citizens will forever haunt its readers.

About the Author

Kenneth Cook was born in Sydney. Wake in Fright, which drew on his time as a journalist in Broken Hill, was first published in 1961 when Cook was thirty-two. It was published in England and America, translated into several languages, and a prescribed text in schools. Cook wrote twenty-one books in a variety of genres, and was well known in film circles as a scriptwriter and independent film-maker. He died in 1987 at the age of fifty-seven.
Industry Reviews
'A true dark classic of Australian literature.' - J. M. Coetzee

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