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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.

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On the Java Ridge 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 Colin Roderick Award
2018 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
2018 shortlisted Indie Awards Fiction
The Rules of Backyard Cricket 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
Quota 2014 single work novel crime

"HIS HONOUR: Mr Jardim, withdraw that comment immediately.

MR JARDIM: Your Honour, I'm not withdrawing it because it's got nothing to do with the merits of this case, just as your small-minded treatment of my client has got nothing to do with the merits of the case. I mean, could you have cocked this thing up any worse? Bloody helpless kid and you know she's back out on the street now. You're known throughout the state as a heartless old prick and a drunk, and seeing I've gone this far, your daughter-in-law's appointment to the court is widely viewed as a grubby political payoff. Today's pretty much the lowest I've seen you stoop but it's been a rich field of excrem—

HIS HONOUR: Senior, will you have Mr Jardim removed?

Charlie Jardim has just trashed his legal career in a spectacular courtroom meltdown, and his girlfriend has finally left him. So when a charitable colleague slings him a prosecution brief that will take him to the remote coastal town of Dauphin, Charlie reluctantly agrees that the sea air might be good for him.

The case is a murder. The victim was involved in the illegal abalone trade and the even more illegal drug trade. And the witnesses aren't talking.

And as Dauphin closes ranks around him, Charlie is about to find his interest in the law powerfully reignited." (Publisher's blurb)

2015 winner Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
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