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Main Title: Wake in fright / Kenneth Cook.
Author: Cook, Kenneth, 1929-1987, author.
Imprint: Ringwood, Vic. : Penguin, 1967.
Collation: 19 cm. paperback ; 143 pages :
Summary: Wake in Fright tells 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 like Wake 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.

(from https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Wake_in_Fright.html?id=yC7Dv3vtxSMC).

Wake in Fright was also adapted into a film known as Outback, a 1971 thriller film directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence and Chips Rafferty.
Subject: Australian fiction
Horror stories
Country life.
Rural conditions.
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Fiction Main Library 823.3 COO.KEN Available