Wake In Fright - Kenneth Cook

Written in 1961, Kenneth Cook’s deeply unsettling novel Wake In Fright is a cult classic that follows the travails of an urbanite teacher, John, who’s plucked from Sydney to work in a remote Outback school. Attempting to return home for the holidays, he winds up trapped in a desolate mining town when a one-night stay goes disastrously wrong following an ill-advised foray into illegal gambling . With his money gone, John’s mind begins to follow, and the human flotsam who become his new companions are happy to pull him down into a haze of drugs and booze. Cook vividly depicts an Australia that no longer exists, but his protagonist is all-too-relatable, making the complete disintegration of his identity and self-control all the more disturbing.

Wake in Fright By Kenneth Cook, Peter Temple (Introduction by), David Stratton (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Kenneth Cook, Peter Temple (Introduction by), David Stratton (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781921922169
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Text Classics - April 2nd, 2013