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The Burning Island

Jock Serong

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Text Publishing Company
01 September 2020
Fiction & Literature; Historical adventure; Historical fiction
Eliza Grayling, born in Sydney when the colony itself was still an infant, has lived there all her thirty-two years. Too tall, too stern-too old, now-for marriage, she lives by herself, looking in on her reclusive father in case he has injured himself while drunk. There is a shadow in his past, she knows. Something obsessive. Something to do with a man who bested him thirty-three years ago.

Then Srinivas, another figure from that dark past, offers Joshua Grayling the chance for a reckoning with his nemesis. Eliza is horrified. The plan entails a sea voyage far to the south and an uncertain, possibly violent, outcome. Out of the question for an elderly man-insanity for a helpless drunkard who also happens to be blind.

Unable to dissuade her father from his mad quest, Eliza begins to understand she may be forced to go with him. Then she sees the ship they will be sailing on. And in that instant, the voyage of the Moonbird becomes Eliza's mission too.
By:   Jock Serong
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781922330086
ISBN 10:   1922330086
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

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.

Reviews for The Burning Island

'There is some kind of magic in the way Jock Serong conjures places and times and people. The Burning Island is a ripping yarn of a book; sometimes while reading I'd be sunk so deep in its adventures, and in the precision of captured moments, that if interrupted I'd rise to the surface blinking, reluctant and surprised.' * Lucy Treloar *


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