Wake in Fright is the original and greatest outback horror story. Bundanyabba and its citizens will forever haunt its readers.
"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.
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
'A true dark classic of Australian literature.' - J. M. Coetzee
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Published (1961) in the UK and US, was translated into several languages and used as a school text. The 1971 film with Chips Rafferty in his final appearance was re-mastested, and shown at Sydney's 2009 Film Festival. Peter Temple, who provides the introduction, is a Golden Dagger award-winning crime writer. Part of Text Publishing's Text Classics series showcasing Australian literature.
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