Books and Ideas at Montalto
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.
Working with Words: Simon Castles
Simon Castles is an editor at the Age and a former editor of the Big Issue. He spoke with us about the marvel of great newspaper journalists, returning to lucky cafes and being a clean freak.
Krack!n the Industry: Inclusion on Screen
Finally, Australian comedy is seeing a broader range of voices represented in writers’ rooms, on screen and behind the scenes. It’s making our entertainment funnier and sharper – and it’s enhancing its appeal for more Australians.
For Season Two of Get Krack!n co-creators Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney made inclusion and accessibility a production and creative focus. They co-wrote Episode…
Double Booked Club
Sarah Bailey and Mark Brandi
When Double Book Club returns in September, we’ll bring crime to your lunchtime. Well, crime fiction, anyway.
Mark Brandi’s bestselling debut novel, Wimmera, won the coveted British Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger, and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards. His new novel, The Rip, is a departure. It’s about a young woman sleeping…
Claire G. Coleman: The Old Lie
Claire G.Coleman believes speculative fiction is a powerful political tool. ‘It’s a genre in which there’s great scope for Aboriginal literature … It’s able to sneak politics into places people don’t expect to see it.'
Coleman's revelatory 2017 debut novel, Terra Nullius, depicted an alternative Australia – a continent of either the distant past or the distant future –…
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