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Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Originally a lawyer, Jock Serong then worked as a features writer, writing feature articles for Surfing World, Australian Surf Business, and Slow magazines. He co-edited the natural history text The Nature of Warrnambool, and edited Great Ocean Quarterly.

His short fiction appeared in the anthologies Writings of Shipwreck Coast and Borderlands. In 2014, he published his first novel, Quota, which won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for best first novel. He has subsequently published The Rules of Backyard Cricket and On the Java Ridge.

He has lived in Port Fairy on the far southwest coast of Victoria.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships 2020 Resilience Fund: Survive     $2,000 
2019 recipient Australia Council Literature Board Grants Grants for Developing Writers

Career development grant valued at $25,000

2018 finalist Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Preservation Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2018 13940401 2018 single work novel historical fiction

'1797. ON a beach not far from the isolated settlement of Sydney, 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. Gradually 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 now at large in the infant colony poses a danger to his own family.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 longlisted Voss Literary Prize
2019 longlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2019 shortlisted International Awards Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize
y separately published work icon On the Java Ridge Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2017 11520458 2017 single work novel

'Amid the furious ocean there was no human sound on deck: some people standing, watching the wave, but no one capable of words.

'On the Java Ridge, skipper Isi Natoli and a group of Australian surf tourists are anchored beside an idyllic reef off the Indonesian island of Dana.

'In the Canberra office of Cassius Calvert, Minister for Border Integrity, a Federal election looms and (not coincidentally) a hardline new policy is being announced regarding maritime assistance to asylum-seeker vessels in distress.

'A few kilometres away from Dana, the Takalar is having engine trouble. Among the passengers fleeing from persecution are Roya and her mother, and Roya’s unborn sister.

'The storm now closing in on the Takalar and the Java Ridge will mean catastrophe for them all.

'With On the Java Ridge Jock Serong, bestselling author of The Rules of Backyard Cricket, brings us a literary novel with the pace and tension of a political thriller—and some of the most compelling, heartstopping writing about the sea since Patrick O’Brian.' (Publication summary)

2018 winner International Awards Staunch Book Prize
2018 winner Colin Roderick Award
2018 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
2018 shortlisted Indie Awards Fiction
y separately published work icon The Rules of Backyard Cricket Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2016 10267212 2016 single work novel thriller

'It starts in a suburban backyard with Darren Keefe and his older brother, sons of a fierce and gutsy single mother. The endless glow of summer, the bottomless fury of contest. All the love and hatred in two small bodies poured into the rules of a made-up game.

'Darren has two big talents: cricket and trouble. No surprise that he becomes an Australian sporting star of the bad-boy variety—one of those men who’s always got away with things and just keeps getting.

'Until the day we meet him, middle aged, in the boot of a car. Gagged, cable-tied, a bullet in his knee. Everything pointing towards a shallow grave.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2017 shortlisted Colin Roderick Award
2017 longlisted Crime Writers' Association (UK) The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
2017 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
2017 longlisted Indie Awards Fiction
2017 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
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