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Kenneth Cook
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Wake in Fright (1961) is the debut novel by Australian author Kenneth Cook

Wake in Fright (1961) is the debut novel by Australian author Kenneth Cook. John Grant is a young, bonded schoolteacher who has been assigned to work a gruelling two-year post as the schoolmaster of Tiboonda, an isolated, three-building township in the outback of western New South Wales.

Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook was written back in 1961, and it portrays one man's bleak and frightening experience when he wanders into Bundanyabba, a town in the desolate outback. What should be an overnight stay on his way to Sydney becomes a nightmare from which he never fully recovers. Cook does an excellent job in painting the despair of the main character, John Grant, when he loses all his travel money in a gambling game. Without any money, contacts, or resources, he finds himself stranded in this small town with virtually no options to leave.

Kenneth Cook unflinchingly presents the darkest corner of the Australian soul, specifically rural Australia, by introducing us to a world which can accurately be described as a downward spiral into Hell. Alcohol, gambling, squalor, cheapness, yearning, desperation, violence, hopelessness, apathy and self-destruction.

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.

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 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.

I had imagined Kafka wakes up one morning and finds himself transported to the Australian outback in this novel by Kenneth Cook. The book was pretty faithfully adapted to the film version in the early 'seventies and bombed at the box-office at that time, when Australia was trying to reflect a more sophisticated National image in a time of great social change.

Both the book and the film have achieved a cult status as the Australian answer to US and UK novels and films of 1960s youthful alienation

Both the book and the film have achieved a cult status as the Australian answer to US and UK novels and films of 1960s youthful alienation. It is the gruelling story of a young Australian schoolteacher on his way back from the outback to Sydney and civilization when things start to go wrong. He finds himself stuck overnight in Bundanyabba, a rough outback mining town.

by. Cook, Kenneth, 1929-. Books for People with Print Disabilities.

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

Wake in Fright was made into a film in 1971, arguably the greatest film ever made in Australia. 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

May you dream of the devil and wake in fright.

John Grant knows he's in hell. What he doesn't know is how to escape. A young school teacher, Grant is returning to Sydney for the holidays, but must spend a night in an outback mining town on the way. He is introduced to the illegal two-up gambling ring and quickly loses all his money. In the company of some hard-bitten and disturbing locals he is drawn into a frightening spiral of alcohol and drugs that takes him to the darkest depths of the male psyche.

Forty years since it first appeared this novel remains fresh, compelling and utterly gripping. With an introduction by Peter Temple, and an afterword by acclaimed film critic David Stratton, this edition celebrates the re-release of the film adaptation, a cinematic classic, digitally restored and returned to the big screen in 2009.

'Cook writes astonishingly well, with a fierce economy and a frightening power of visualization.' New York Times

  • This book was tense, with a taste of horror of the underbelly of life that was visceral and real. It transports you into the mind of a man who, on his summer break from teaching in an isolated area, runs into trouble in a small town while waiting to travel further. I'll never forget some of those scenes. You really felt bad for him and the end is surprising and satisfying.

  • This is a very compelling read right from the start. Recommended for those who want an insight into the kind of characters that lurk within small Australian towns. Overall a dark and nightmarish story, but very difficult to put down.

  • Graphic depiction of Australian outback culture of the past and hopefully now a relic of the past.

  • I am going to admit that I did not pick up this novel by choice. It was a forced read as it’s a part of a school curriculum that I willingly wanted to help my child with.

    And I am the first to put my hand up and say that I am so glad that I read this novel. It completely captivated me from beginning to end. Sheer brilliance.

    We meet John Grant, a school teacher, teaching in a little outback Australian town of Tinboonda. With the end of the school term comes six weeks of holidays. So John makes the decision to head to Sydney. Six weeks in Sydney is sheer bliss for John.
    But he never reaches Sydney.
    Sydney is now only a dream, a vision of sorts.

    You see John ends up in the outback town of Bundanyabba. A dusty, dry and hot place where John needs to pass to get to Sydney.

    Bundanyabba (Broken Hill as we know it) John isn’t a fan of. But the people seem mighty friendly. Arriving John finds himself making friends with a policeman and another local. So they sit drinking at a local pub. Feeling the effects of the alcohol, the policeman takes John to a place where he can get some hearty food. But that’s not the only thing there.
    In his state of drunkenness John is drawn to the local game of two-up. Not played before, but curiosity getting the better of him. John tries his hand at the game. And to his own surprise he wins. Two hundred pounds to be exact. Heading back to his hotel John is drawn to go back. Just one more bet. But it all turns foul.
    John ends up not only losing his two-hundred pound original winnings, but his whole department cheque.

    John is now broke, stuck in Bundanyabba.

    The next few days John spirals out of control. Drunken days and nights, shootings, encounters with a woman, hunting, it all turns to a complete mess for John.
    He needs to get out of there.
    He tries he really does but what happens next even had me holding my breath. I don’t want to give anything else away because this novel needs to be read.

    John’s story is one of sheer heartache in my eyes. A man so driven, well-kept with a bright future, ends up turning into a shadow of his former self. A life that once held hope now holds nothing but dark nightmares.

    This novel blew my mind and I can’t recommend it highly enough. A beautifully written, powerful read about one man’s life in the harsh Australian outback.

    5 stars

  • John Grant’s quiet pleasure at the thought of six weeks away from the dust, the heat and the flies; of being away from the tiny community where he taught a few students; of being in Sydney at the beautiful beaches, relaxing and getting the dust out of his system was euphoric. As he locked the school doors he was smiling – the journey on the train to Bundanyabba where he was only staying the night before flying to Sydney was imminent. He was on his way…

    “Yabba”, as the locals called it, was bigger and better than where he’d spent his last twelve months, but John wasn’t impressed all the same. But the beer was cold and quenching; the dust was washing from his throat. It was when he was directed to the local game of Two Up by a friendly cop that his troubles began. He had time to fill before his flight to Sydney the following day – he may as well enjoy himself; right?

    Wake in Fright by Aussie author Kenneth Cook was originally published in 1961 and still has an enormous pull for readers, as well as viewers of the big and small screens. Though classified as horror, I felt it was more along the lines of a dark classic – definitely literary. A novella, it is highly readable and thoroughly enjoyable. This is my second by this author, the first being Fear Is the Rider – now THAT was horror! I have no hesitation in highly recommending Wake in Fright.

  • "Wake in Fright" is a disturbing yet wonderful book. To Australian readers, the book is now hard to obtain. To readers outside Australia, I suspect that the book is virtually unknown. This is a great pity. The book is great read that I thoroughly recommend.

    Set in the distant outback of New South Wales, John Grant is a school teacher at a remote one teacher school. He has just commenced his six week summer vacation and intends to make a short train trip to Bundanyabba (the Yabba to the locals) from where he will catch a flight to Sydney. His plans come unstuck as he ends up gambling his entire holiday pay cheque on a game of "two up". For non-Australian readers, two-up is a simple game of chance involving the tossing of two coins. The outcome for Grant is ultimately a disaster as his life slowly but inevitably unravels.

    In the process of Grant's decline, we are introduced to the harshness of the outback in summer and a cast of often horrible or, at best, naïve characters who have their own part to play in bringing Grant unstuck. It is this combination of outback landscape and some truly awful individuals that provide the book with its strange magnetism. As I read the book, I felt myself drawn in as though a moth to a flame. I feel many others will have the same reaction.

    My fear is that I may have unsettled some potential readers of this book. Please do not be put off reading what is a great book of the wider Australian story. Kenneth Cook has written a magnificent book that deserves to be more widely read.