Books and Ideas at Montalto
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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 Quota, On 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, and their encounters with an unfamiliar land.
At Montalto, Jock Serong chats with Elizabeth McCarthy about Preservation, human misdeeds, and the search for truth amid conflicting accounts.
Jock Serong is a former lawyer turned surf journalist whose first work of fiction, crime novel Quota, won a 2015 Ned Kelly Award. Jock has written three similarly celebrated novels since: the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award shortlisted The Rules of Backyard Cricket, the inaugural Staunch Award-winning On The Java Ridge, and his most recent novel, the critically acclaimed historical fiction Preservation. Jock lives with his wife and four children in Port Fairy.
Elizabeth McCarthy is a Melbourne-based radio producer and presenter who currently produces the Breakfast show at Australia’s biggest independent broadcaster, 3RRRFM. Her book reviews can be heard on Breakfast. From 2013–2017, she anchored Triple R’s flagship books and writing show, Multi-Storied.