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T. A. G. Hungerford T. A. G. Hungerford i(A28123 works by) (a.k.a. Thomas Arthur Guy Hungerford)
Born: Established: 5 May 1915 Perth, Western Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 20 Jun 2011 Perth, Western Australia,
Gender: Male
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Thomas Arthur Guy Hungerford grew up in Perth during the Depression of the 1930s. He served in the AIF in New Guinea, New Britain and Bougainville in World War II, and in the occupation force in Japan from 1946 to 1947. As a journalist and public servant, Hungerford worked in Canberra, Hong Kong, Perth, and for the Australian Consulate-General in New York. In 1954-1955 he accompanied the Australian Antarctic Expedition, with the Australian News and Information Bureau. He also worked as the press secretary to former Prime Minister Hughes.

Hungerford has written novels, literary criticism, autobiographical works, short stories, children's fiction, journalism and radio plays. He edited and contributed to the stories in Stand Easy, a series published by the Australian War Memorial. Non-fiction works include A Million Square : Western Australia (1969), Tall Stories: An Anecdotal History of Guildford Grammar School 1896-1996 (1996) and Why I Live Where I Live (1996).

Hungerford's war literature examines the day-to-day experience of combat, but also takes a longer view, looking at the cultural repercussions of wartime exploitation. Other fictional works explore childhood and adolescent memories, and aspects of Australian culture.

The inaugural T. A. G. Hungerford prize was presented in 1990 to Brenda Walker for Crush.

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Awards for Works

Stories From Suburban Road : An Autobiographical Collection, 1920-1939 Straightshooter , 1983 selected work autobiography

'T.A.G. Hungerford's highly acclaimed, bestselling autobiographical short stories recount his childhood in semi-rural suburbia in the 1920s and 1930s. Bird-nesting and school days, crabbing and swimming in the Swan River, Chinese market gardens and the old corner store are all brought to life through the eyes of an inquisitive, adventurous boy.' (Publication summary : 2016 edition)

1984 winner Western Australia Week Literary Award Prose Fiction
The Ridge and the River : A Novel 1952 single work novel war literature A novel based on the author's experiences while serving with the 2/8 Australian Commando Squadron in New Guinea, New Britain and Bougainville during World War II.
1952 winner ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
1952 joint second The Sydney Morning Herald Novel Competition
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