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Wake In Fright by Kenneth Cook

Title Wake In Fright
Author Kenneth Cook
Publisher Text Publishing
Release 2017-08-28
Category Fiction
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1925410927
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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. 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. ‘Wake in Fright deserves its status as a modern classic. Cook’s prose is masterful and the story is gripping from the first page to the last.’ M.J. Hyland ‘A classic novel which became a classic film. The Outback without the sentimental bulldust. Australia without the sugar coating.’ Robert Drewe ‘A true dark classic of Australian literature.’ J.M. Coetzee ‘Wake in Fright is a classic of the ugly side of Menzies’ Australia, its brutality, its drunkenness, its anxiety to crush all sensibility. All of this is harrowingly reacorded —the destruction of a young soul fresh to Australia—in Kenneth Cook’s remarkable novel.’ Thomas Keneally

Wake in Fright by Tina Kaufman

Title Wake in Fright
Author Tina Kaufman
Publisher ReadHowYouWant
Release 2013-02
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Total Pages 108
ISBN 9781459660038
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Based on the celebrated novel by Kenneth Cook, "Wake in Fright" is a sharply observed drama about a schoolteacher stranded in a hostile country town. John Grant, a 'naive city - type', is stuck teaching in Tiboonda, a desolate outback town. On route to Sydney for his summer vacation, he becomes stranded in Bundanyabba after losing all his money in a two - up game. Here the harshness of outback Australian life takes over and the holiday from hell begins.

Wake in fright by Pontiac Conspiracy (Musical group)

Title Wake in fright
Author Pontiac Conspiracy (Musical group)
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Title Wake In Fright Text Classics
Author Kenneth Cook
Publisher Text Publishing
Release 2012-04-26
Category Fiction
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1921921781
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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. This edition includes an introduction by Peter Temple and an afterword by David Stratton. Wake in Fright was made into a film in 1971, arguably the greatest film ever made in Australia. It starred Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty, and Jack Thompson in his first screen role. Lost for many years, the restored film was re-released to acclaim in 2009. Kenneth Cook was born in Sydney in 1929. Wake in Fright was published in 1961 to high praise in New York and London, and launched Cook's writing career. Cook wrote twenty-one books in all, along with screenplays and scripts for radio and TV. Peter Temple is one of Australia's finest writers. His novel Truth won the 2010 Miles Franklin Award and the Victorian Premier's Literary Award. Temple has written nine novels and has been published in more than twenty countries. David Stratton is co-presenter of At the Movies on ABC television and film critic for the Australian. He has also served as a President of the International Critics Jury for the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, written three books and is currently lecturing in Film History at the University of Sydney. textclassics.com.au 'It might be fifty years since the novel appeared yet it retains its freshness, its narrative still compels, and its bleak vision still disquiets...Cook can make us feel the heat, see the endless horizon, hear the sad singing on a little train as it traverses the monotonous plain.' Peter Temple, from the Introduction 'Wake in Fright deserves its status as a modern classic. Cook's prose is masterful and the story is gripping from the first page to the last.' M. J. Hyland 'A classic novel which became a classic film. The Outback without the sentimental bulldust. Australia without the sugar coating.' Robert Drewe 'Wake in Fright is a classic of the ugly side of Menzies' Australia, its brutality, its drunkenness, its anxiety to crush all sensibility. All of this is harrowingly reacorded - the destruction of a young soul fresh to Australia - in Kenneth Cook's remarkable novel.' Thomas Keneally 'A true dark classic of Australian literature.' J. M. Coetzee '...a kind of outback Lord of the Flies...Written entirely from Grant's point of view, the prose is at first straightforward, the landscape and its people evoked simply and vividly. But later, as Grant descends into his own personal hell and finally to the depths of despair, the writing takes on the quality of a delirious dream. The concluding narrative twists will rock both Grant (and the reader) back on their heels.' Crime Time UK ‘A chilling outback horror and an Australian classic.’ Guardian, Top 10 tales from the frontier

Title Wake in Fright
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Release 2017
Category Australia
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Wake in Fright
Author
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Release 2013
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ISBN 9781300533429
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook

Title Wake in Fright
Author Kenneth Cook
Publisher Text Publishing
Release 2009
Category Australia
Total Pages 212
ISBN 9781921520600
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Wake in Frighttells of a young teacher, John Grant, who arrives in a rough outback mining town planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But, on this one hot night in Bundanyabba, Grant decides to go into a smoky, crowded pub... In the company of shadowy strangers, one night stretches to five, in which he discovers gambling, ruins himself financially and plunges headlong toward his own destruction in many other ways. Thus, when the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate park, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left... There is no Australian novel quite likeWake in Fright, reissued here with an introduction by Peter Temple and afterword by David Stratton. Although it's forty-eight years since the novel first appeared, it remains fresh, compelling and utterly gripping. Now in a stunning film tie-in edition, this Australian classic will be firmly back on the Australian cultural map.

Title Wake in Fright
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Release 1986
Category Popular music
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Wake in Fright by Gregory Hoey

Title Wake in Fright
Author Gregory Hoey
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ISBN 9781470986360
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The description of the e-book of the same name is: "two great semi-fictional long-short stories, 'wake in fright' and 'this semi-fascist paradise'. This printed ed. however is not available from the publisher's website, with the following advice on the first two pages inside the cover: "Sorry but ...." "This book is in the process of being rewritten. Apologies dear reader, please come back in a few months".

Title Great Australian Writers
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Release 1987
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