Kenneth Cook

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Kenneth Cook (1929–1987) born in Lakemba NSW was a prolific Australian journalist, film director, screenwriter, TV personality and novelist best known for his works Wake in Fright, which is still in print five decades after its first publication,[1] and the humorous Killer Koala trilogy.

Cook attended Fort Street High School. After leaving school he worked around Australia in a variety of jobs including laboratory technician, journalist and television documentary-maker and boatshed operator.[2]

A keen amateur lepidopteris, Cook established the first butterfly farm in Australia on the banks of Sydney's Hawkesbury River in the 1970s.[3]

Cook was married to Patricia Hickie, with whom he had four children.


  1. Curtis Brown Australia – Literary Estates – Kenneth Cook
  2. ABC Radio National Book Reading – Wake in Fright
  3. ABC Radio National – Books & Writing

External links

  • Kenneth Cook summary by Jan Wositsky of program on Radio National (ABC)