T.A.G. (Tom) Hungerford

T.A.G Hungerford was born in Perth in 1915 and started writing in his teens. He served in the Australian Army during World War II. His novels, literary criticism, short stories, children's fiction, journalism, radio plays and autobiographical works have been published widely throughout Australia and overseas.

His novels include The Ridge and the River, set in the islands of Papua New Guinea during World War II, and Sowers of the Wind: A Novel of the Occupation of Japan.

Tom has won many awards, including the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 1952, the Western Australia Week Literary Award in 1984 and the Order of Australia for services to Australian Literature in 1987. In 2002 he won the Patrick White Award, presented annually to a writer whose work has not been adequately recognised. To celebrate the win, Fremantle Arts Centre Press has combined his three collections of autobiographical stories, Stories From Suburban Road, Knockabout with a Slouch Hat and Red Rover All Over into one book called Straightshooter.

Tom died in June 2011, at the aged of 96.