Jock Serong in conversation with Robert Gott
Jock Serong will be speaking to crime novelist Robert Gott about his new novel Preservation.
Following on from the success of The Rules of Backyard Cricket and On the Java Ridge, comes something completely different from Jock Serong. Preservation is a historical novel based on the true story of the wreck of the Sydney Cove.
On a beach not far from the isolated settlement of Sydney in 1797, a fishing boat picks up three shipwreck survivors, distressed and terribly injured. They have walked hundreds of miles across a landscape they have no way of comprehending. They have lost fourteen companions along the way. Their accounts of the ordeal are evasive. It is Lieutenant Joshua Grayling’s task to investigate the story. He comes to realise that those fourteen deaths were contrived by one calculating mind and, as the full horror of the men’s journey emerges, he begins to wonder whether the ruthless killer poses a danger to his own family.
The meeting of these two (crime fiction) masterminds will indeed make for a fine evening of conversation and exposition.
Jock Serong’s debut novel Quota won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. In 2016, his second novel, The Rules of Backyard Cricket was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. His third novel, On the Java Ridge was published in 2017. Formerly a lawyer, Jock is now a feature writer and was the editor of Great Ocean Quarterly. He lives with his wife and four children in Port Fairy, Victoria.
Robert Gott was born in the small Queensland town of Maryborough in 1957, and lives in Melbourne. He has published many books for children, and is also the creator of the newspaper cartoon The Adventures of Naked Man. He is the author of The Holiday Murders and its sequel, The Port Fairy Murders, and of the William Power series of crime-caper novels set in 1940s Australia: Good Murder, A Thing of Blood, Amongst the Dead, and The Serpent’s Sting.
This is a FREE EVENT, but bookings are essential.
The event will start promptly at 7pm.
Light refreshments will be served.