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Wendy Scarfe Wendy Scarfe i(A1373 works by) (a.k.a. Wendy Elizabeth Scarfe)
Born: Established: 1933 Adelaide, South Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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Wendy Scarfe gained qualifications from both the University of Melbourne and the Associated Teachers' Training College. In retirement she completed a B.Litt. in Classical and Near Eastern Studies. She has taught in Australia, England and India and has published over 20 books including a number written or co-edited with her husband Allan Scarfe. These include A Mouthful of Petals (1967), being case studies of Indian welfare recipients, The Black Australians : Aboriginals, the Past and the Future (1974), J.P., His Biography (1975), about Indian statesman Jai Prakash Narian, Victims or Bludgers? : A Poverty Inquiry for Schools (1981), Labor's Titan : The Story of Percy Brookfield (1983) and No Taste for Carnage : Alex Sheppard, a Portrait (1998).

In 1980 Scarfe was awarded an Australia Council Literature Board Special Purpose Writing Grant.

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Awards for Works

Hunger Town : A Novel 2014 single work novel historical fiction

''Here,' he shouted, 'here is a daughter of the working class. Not your idle rich dressed in silks and satins. She has to work every day. Tell them what you think of capitalism,' he insisted, still gripping my hand. 'Tell them what it's like to be a poor woman in grinding employment.'

'In the violent and despairing years of Australia's Great Depression, Judith Larsen grows up on a coaling hulk in the Port Adelaide River. The Australian political landscape is changing and unemployment, hunger, protests and police reprisals spawn new radical ideas for managing society.

'Judith falls in love with Harry, an idealistic dreamer who embraces the dogma of the Communist Party while she flourishes as a satirical cartoonist. Political tensions rise between them but when Harry's life is threatened Judith embarks on a perilous journey across the world to save him. In doing so she comes face to face with the cruelty and oppression of fascism and the importance of those who fight against it.

'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.' (Publication summary)

2015 longlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita Kibble Literary Award
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