Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wendy Scarfe's HUNGER TOWN

Hunger Town: A novel by Wendy Scarfe, published by Wakefield Press, was one of six books by women authors announced today on the longlist for the 2015 Nita B. Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers (the Kibble Awards). First awarded over 20 years ago, the Kibble Awards are open to Australian female writers who have published a book of fiction or non-fiction classifiable as ‘life writing’. This includes novels, autobiographies, biographies, literature and any writing with a strong personal element.

The Kibble Awards comprise the Kibble Literary Award for an established author as well as the Dobbie Literary Award for a first time published author. The Awards have been bestowed upon some of Australia’s leading writers, with this year’s winners sharing prize money of $35,000. Wendy Scarfe shares the limelight with several heavyweight writers, among them Helen Garner. Wendy commented that she felt ‘honoured to be published by Wakefield Press and thrilled to bits to be long listed.’ Set during Australia’s Great Depression, Hunger Town is drawn from family recollections and based on historical events. This powerful Australian novel tells of brave people caught up in the inspiration and the pity of great but lost causes. Its gritty realism,providing a window into a past era, makes for a highly engaging read.

‘Historical detail masterfully woven into a fast-moving plot, Hunger Town is a marvellous story drawn from a critically important time in Australian history.’ – Heather Goodall

The Kibble Awards shortlist will be announced on 3 June 2015, with the winner to be revealed at an event in Sydney on 15 July 2015.

For over four decades Wendy Scarfe has written poetry and novels in her own right and non-fiction works with her husband, Allan Scarfe. Together they have written oral histories of Greek migrants who fled the civil war in 1949 and the definitive biography of an Indian national hero and Gandhian socialist (Orient Longman 1975). Her novels show her interest in history, political conflicts and social injustice.

Writing in Australian Literary Studies, Dr Katherine Bode commented that Wendy is ‘an important and innovative contemporary author’ whose books offer a ‘difference.’ Her books have been enthusiastically reviewed in Australia and overseas and her bibliographical listings include Who’s Who of Australian Writers (Melbourne), Writers Directory (Chicago) and International Who’s Who of Authors and Writers (London).

Hunger Town is published by Wakefield Press, rrp $29.95 rrp $9.95 ebook