On the Java Ridge
On the Java Ridge byJock Serong
Part political thriller, part high-sea adventure, part withering indictment of our refugee policy Java Ridge picks you up by the scruff of the neck from the first page and doesn't let go until the breathtaking conclusion.
Full of believable and compelling characters and some amazing scenes on the ocean, this novel will make you think long and hard about contemporary politics. Gavin
On the Java Ridge, skipper Isi Natoli and a group of Australian surf tourists are anchored off the Indonesian island of Dana. In the Canberra office of Cassius Calvert, Minister for Border Integrity, a federal election looms and a hardline new policy on asylum-seekers is being rolled out.
Not far from Dana, the Takalar is having engine trouble. Among the passengers on board 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.
'Taut and impressive.' Sydney Morning Herald
'You won't be able to put it down.'SA Weekend
'Cements Serong's place as one of Australia's most innovative and ambitious crime writers.' NZ Listener
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Long-listed for Indie Book Award for Fiction 2018 (Australia).
'Beautifully written and acutely observed, The Rules of Backyard Cricket is a noir tour de force.' -- Sue Turnbull Sydney Morning Herald 'Serong's writing displays wit, insight and occasionally, splendour.' Books & Publishing 'Blow me down if I didn't hang on every word.' -- Clare Wright Weekend Australia 'A compelling literary novel dissecting toxic sporting culture and its fallout.' -- Paddy O'Reilly Australian Book Review 'Jock Serong creates a sense of foreboding from the very start of his third novel, and then constantly ratchets up the tension with a keen sense of pacing.' Books + Publishing
Jock Serong's debut novel Quota won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. In 2016, The Rules of Backyard Cricket was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award. On the Java Ridge is his third novel. Jock teaches law and writes feature articles in the surfing media and for publications such as The Guardian and Slow Living. He lives with his wife and four children in Port Fairy, Victoria.