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Dispatch: 23 January 2017
Straightshooter: Autobiographical Stor/Hungerford, T./Paper/1920731784/S018-A
Fremantle Arts Centre Press
For the first time, this volume brings together T.A.G. Hungerford's three collections of highly-acclaimed, bestselling autobiographical short stories.
From his childhood in semi-rural suburbia, to his wartime experiences in Bougainville and occupied Japan; from Press Officer to the venerable Billy Hughes, to his days on the international news circuit, these stories make fascinating reading.
Hungerford's style exemplifies the camaraderie of a natural story teller. With his extraordinary memory, vivid description and masterly use of colloquialisms and jokes, of imagery and metaphor, his writing reveals as much about the Australian character and language as it does about himself.
T.A.G. Hungerford was born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1915. He grew up in the South Perth area and served in the Australian Army during World War II. Since concluding his army service in 1947, he generally worked as a journalist, living in Canberra, Hong Kong, New York and Perth. He has worked as a freelance writer since his retirement in 1967.
He began writing in his late teens The Ridge and the River, the first of his four novels, was published in 1952, and his articles, poetry and short stories have been published widely in journals, newspapers and anthologies throughout Australia and overseas.
The three volumes of autobiographical stories which make up this collection, Stories from Suburban Road, A Knockabout with a Slouch Hat, and Red Rover All Over, were first published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press.