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Jock Serong



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Text Publishing Company
06 August 2019
Fiction & Literature; Thriller & suspense; Historical fiction
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This tale of gruelling colonial misadventure begins with a murder and an assumed identity. Serong's novel is a rich imagining of the wreck of the Sydney Cove, an actual trade ship that was ill-prepared for the violence of the southern seas. Be warned however - Serong's depictions of violence will test the mettle of any reader. And in the character of Mr Figge, he has conjured an evil equal to any. Craig Kirchner

And if you like this, also grab yourself a copy of The Making of Martin Sparrow by Peter Cochrane.


Preservation, based on the true story of the wreck of the Sydney Cove, sees master storyteller Jock Serong turn his talents to historical narrative.

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 whose features - and inhabitants - 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.
By:   Jock Serong
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   292g
ISBN:   9781925773965
ISBN 10:   1925773965
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   06 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jock Serong is the author of Quota, winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction; The Rules of Backyard Cricket, shortlisted for the 2017 Victorian Premier's Award for Fiction, finalist of the 2017 MWA Edgar Awards for Best Paperback Original, and finalist of the 2017 INDIES Adult Mystery Book of the Year; and On the Java Ridge, shortlisted for the 2018 Indie Awards.

Reviews for Preservation

'A riveting and brutal tale.' * Good Reading * 'A great work of fiction to prompt a further dive into the history books.' * Weekly Times * 'Although Serong's Preservation and Grenville's The Secret River differ in style, approach and period, they share both a gripping sense of narrative and an unflinching commitment to honestly portraying the bewildering complexity of early encounters between European settlers and indigenous Australians.' * NZ Listener * 'Well-researched.' * Herald Sun * 'One of Australia's most innovative and ambitious crime writers.' * NZ Listener * 'Serong is a talented storyteller.' * Booklist * 'Full of tension and menace.' 'Serong's prose is evocative, his dialogue convincing.' * Sydney Morning Herald *

  • Long-listed for Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime 2019 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Voss Literary Prize 2019 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2019 (UK)

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