Kenneth Cook


Born
Lakemba, Sydney (NSW), Australia

Born 1929, died 1987. Kenneth Cook was a prolific Australian journalist, film director, screenwriter, TV personality and novelist. He is best known for his novel Wake in Fright, which became a modern classic and is still in print, and for his Killer Koala trilogy.

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Wake in Fright

3.98 avg rating — 1,819 ratings — published 1961 — 30 editions
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Le Koala tueur et autres hi...

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3.79 avg rating — 252 ratings — published 1986 — 9 editions
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Fear Is the Rider

3.67 avg rating — 143 ratings — published 2016 — 6 editions
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La Vengeance du wombat et a...

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3.96 avg rating — 114 ratings — published 1987 — 5 editions
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Play Little Victims

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Le Blues du troglodyte

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A coups redoublés

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Tuna

3.74 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1972 — 7 editions
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Le Vin de la colère divine

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“In the remote towns of the west there are few of the amenities of civilization; there is no sewerage, there are no hospitals, rarely a doctor; the food is dreary and flavourless from long carrying, the water is bad; electricity is for the few who can afford their own plant, roads are mostly non-existent; there are no theatres, no picture shows and few dance halls; and the people are saved from stark insanity by the one strong principle of progress that is ingrained for a thousand miles east, north, south and west of the Dead Heart - the beer is always cold.”
Kenneth Cook, Wake in Fright

“Peculiar trait of the western people, thought Grant, that you could sleep with their wives, despoil their daughters, sponge on them, defraud them, do almost anything that would mean at least ostracism in normal society, and they would barely seem to notice it. But refuse to drink with them and you immediately became a mortal enemy. What the hell? He didn’t even want to think about the west or its people and their peculiarities. Let them be. Once he was in Sydney, who knew, he might never come back.”
Kenneth Cook, Wake In Fright: Text Classics

“When you travel by road in the west you travel with a cohort of dust which streams up from your tyres and rolls away in a disintegrating funnel, defining the currents of air your vehicle sets in motion … And the heat is unthinkable, no matter how widely the windows are open, and the sweat streams off your body and into your socks, and if there are a number of people in the car their body stenches mingle disagreeably”
Kenneth Cook, Wake in Fright

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