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

Read a sample chapter from Preservation here.

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.


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Australian ($) ‘Preservation is an impressive novel, one that revels in the power of narrative to enlighten, horrify and enthral’
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Readings: ‘Full of tension and menace.’
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Jock Serong
About the Author

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,...

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29 October 2018
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Praise for Jock Serong

‘Serong’s prose is evocative, his dialogue convincing.’

‘Full of tension and menace.’

‘A riveting and brutal tale.’

‘Serong is a talented storyteller.’

‘One of Australia’s most innovative and ambitious crime writers.’


‘Draws a tense bow’

‘Serong’s description of the landscape, the encounters with indigenous groups and his finely drawn descriptions of the players in the story makes this a gripping and compelling novel that will justly draw comparisons with Kate Grenville’s acclaimed The Secret River.’

‘Jock Serong delivers a story of survival and treachery that examines the principles on which the colony of New South Wales was founded and the impact invading attitudes had on the land’s indigenous population.’

‘Gripping and extremely accomplished.’

‘Compelling and attractive.’


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  • Preservation
    ISBN: 9781925774030
    29 October 2018
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