Books and Ideas at Montalto

A series of thoughtful conversations about Australian literature – away from the city, at Montalto on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Listen to Jock Serong

Jock Serong is known as an author of gripping books about crime and catastrophe. His stories spark and seethe with tense emotional and political detail, often drawing on his other skills – in law, and in surf writing. He’s won wide critical acclaim for QuotaOn the Java Ridge and The Rules of Backyard Cricket Serong’s latest, Preservation, takes readers through a different kind of crime writing – this time set in 1797, and based on the true story of the shipwrecked Sydney Cove. It follows Lieutenant Joshua Grayling’s investigation of the wreck, its three terribly injured survivors,…

In this regional events series and podcast, we transport a taste of the best Australian writing from the city to the coast. On selected Friday nights, you can enjoy all the elements of the very best dinner party, courtesy of us: wonderful guests, good conversation and great food and wine. All you need to do is turn up.

In partnership with Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove.