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Jock Serong at Montalto


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Uncover untold histories with author Jock Serong over a long lunch at Montalto.


Jock Serong has won praise for his probing historical novels Preservation and The Burning Island, which earned him the ARA Historical Novel Prize, the Colin Roderick Award, the Ned Kelly Award for First Fiction and, internationally, the inaugural Staunch Prize (UK) and the Historia Award for Historical Crime Fiction (France).

Serong’s latest book, The Settlement, explores the origins of the Wybalenna settlement on Flinders Island in the Bass Strait. By delicately unpicking the colonial apparatus that enabled Wybalenna, Serong shines a light on the horrors of the past and explores the role of collective responsibility in the face of cruelty.

For the final Books and Ideas at Montalto for the year, Serong joins author Lucy Treloar to discuss his approach to uncovering untold histories and the complexities of colonial stories in 2022.


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The bookseller for this event is Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery


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The bookseller for this event is Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery.

Books and Ideas at Montalto

Where the literary meets the culinary.

You, a good book, a glass of wine, delicious food. Together as you were always meant to be. But with a wonderfully rich extra ingredient: a stimulating conversation with your favourite author.

Set at Montalto’s stunning Red Hill winery on the Mornington Peninsula, join some of Australia’s most beloved writers for an intimate discussion about their work – served with excellent food and wine, as a languorous lunchtime tips into a relaxed afternoon.


Books and Ideas at Montalto


Jock Serong

Jock Serong is the author of six novels, most recently The Settlement, which is the conclusion of his Furneaux trilogy of stories about Bass Strait’s history. His novels have won awards both in Australia and overseas. Jock also writes for television, and his non-fiction pieces appear in The Monthl... Read more

Lucy Treloar

Lucy Treloar was born in Malaysia and educated in England, Sweden and Melbourne. Her novel Salt Creek (2015) won the Dobbie Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the UK’s Walter Scott Prize. Wolfe Island (2019), her second novel, won the Barbara Jefferis... Read more



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