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 will chat with Elizabeth McCarthy about Preservation, human misdeeds, and the search for truth amid conflicting accounts.
Presented in partnership with Montalto.
Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery will be our bookseller at this event.
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.
Tickets: $70, plus 30c booking fee, inclusive of food; wine charged on consumption. Tickets and book (collected at event): $95, plus 30c booking fee.
For 2019, we’re dividing our year of Books and Ideas at Montalto into two packages – and taking a break for August. Package One covers the our Montalto events in March, April, May, June and July, and costs $350 plus 30 cent booking fee. Package Two covers the months of September, October and November, at $210 plus 30 cent booking fee. Both packages are inclusive of food, with wine charged on consumption.
A limited number of Package One tickets are now available. Speakers for the months of May and June will be announced in early April. Package Two will be pre-released to Montalto subscribers on 27 July.
Why go postal when you can go coastal?
On seven Fridays throughout the year, from March to October, the Wheeler Centre brings the best of Australian writing to the Mornington Peninsula. Swap the hustle of the city for an unhurried, immersive look at the stories behind the stories – all while enjoying outstanding food and wine, fascinating company and the opportunity to hear from writers in an intimate and relaxed setting.
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