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.
I found this book profound, frightening to think it could so easily happen to oneself. You know what is about to happen and you want to stop it but can't, so await the consequences of his actions. It is horrifying to see what can happen to even the strongest person.
'A true dark classic of Australian literature.' - J. M. Coetzee
Series: Text Classics
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 26th April 2012
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1