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Alice Pung interviews Jock Serong

Alice Pung interviews Jock Serong about On the Java Ridge, his literally page-turning novel of politics, asylum seekers, a storm, a surf trip… and treason on the high seas.

Jock Serong tells me a true story about a British surfer who went out to ride the waves immediately after a tsunami struck Sri Lanka: ‘Tens of thousands of people were kille…

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What we’re reading: J.P. Delaney, Steven Carroll & Maile Meloy

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Lian Hingee is reading The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

You come across a lot of books being promoted as ‘the next Gone Girl’ – pretty much any new thriller featuring a female protagonist receives this treatment…

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Exciting new releases in August

I first discovered Jock Serong last year, when Readings’ Stella Charls, Alice Pung and I were reading through an enormous book pile, judging the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction. None of us expected to be utterly seduced by a crime novel titled The Rules of Backyard Cricket (spoiler: none of us are sporty). But we were all intrigued …

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