On the Java Ridge

On the Java Ridge


by Jock Serong
JUL 2018

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Pub Date: 26 July, 2018
Extent: 320pp
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925498394
Rights: World: Text Publishing; World Audio: Wavesound

  • Winner, Staunch Book Prize, 2018

  • Winner, Colin Roderick Award, 2018

  • Shortlisted, Indie Book Award for Fiction, 2018

  • Longlisted, ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year, 2018

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. 


Terrifying, compelling.’ —Australian Book Review

‘On the Java Ridge cements Serong’s place as one of Australia’s most innovative and ambitious crime writers.’ —NZ Listener

‘The rescue and the scenes that follow it are the real heart of the book, and they are exceptional. Serong invests the chaos and confusion of the wreck and its bloody aftermath with a visceral power that makes for confronting but exhilarating reading.’ —Australian

‘Taut and impressive.’ —Age

‘You might want to clear the decks before you start Jock Serong’s third thriller, because the odds are you won’t be able to put it down.’ —SA Weekend

‘Expertly written, vast in scope…A compelling literary political thriller and a must-read commentary on the Australian political environment and its treatment of refugees.’ —Better Read Than Dead

‘This is the mastery of Serong’s novel, understanding that fictional dystopias are at their most profound when they take the everyday and tilt it towards the darkness…it is a deeply considered novel that steers us to the logical conclusion of an entrenched system rooted equally in brutality and silence.’ —Monthly

‘The best surf-related fiction I have read in a long, long time, possibly ever—Jock Serong’s riveting On the Java Ridge.’ —Swell Net


ABC Melbourne, Friday Revue
Radio NZ, Nine to Noon, ‘Taking aim at Australia’s hard-line refugee policy’


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