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Jock Serong

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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 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, 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.

Who?

Portrait of Jock Serong

Jock Serong

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.

Portrait of Elizabeth McCarthy

Elizabeth McCarthy

 Elizabeth McCarthy has worked as a producer and presenter in radio for 20 years. She produces the breakfast show at Australia’s biggest independent broadcaster, 3RRR, and reviews books on 3RRR and ABC Radio Melbourne. In 2019 she was the convenor of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, and from 2013–2017 she anchored Triple R’s flagship books and writing show, Multi-Storied.

She regularly interviews writers at live events and public conversations for the Wheeler Centre, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, and more. She has previously worked as a music reviewer, and from 2002 – 2006 she was the drummer and co-lyricist for Melbourne swamp-rock grrrl band, The Muddy Spurs.

Books and Ideas at Montalto

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