Preservation

Preservation

10.99

by Jock Serong
26 SEPT 2019

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Pub Date: 26 September, 2019
Extent: 368pp
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925773125
Rights: World: Text Publishing; World Audio: Wavesound; French: Editions 10/18

Shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

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.

PRAISE FOR JOCK SERONG AND PRESERVATION

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

‘Full of tension and menace. A riveting and brutal tale.’ Good Reading

‘Serong is a talented storyteller.’ Booklist

Preservation is an impressive novel, one that revels in the power of narrative to enlighten, horrify and enthral.’ Australian

‘Serong’s characters are compelling and, in his reimagining, Preservation gives voice to those who, in the literature of the time, were largely voiceless.’ Sydney Morning Herald

INTERVIEWS & REVIEWS

3RRR: Backstory (09:10)
ABC Hobart: Your Afternoon (4:30)
ABC Melbourne: The Friday Review (39:45)
ABC Radio National: Blueprint for Living
ABC Radio National: The Bookshelf
Age ‘Serong's characters are compelling and, in his reimagining, Preservation gives voice to those who, in the literature of the time, were largely voiceless’
ANZ Litlovers
Artshub
Australian ($) ‘Preservation is an impressive novel, one that revels in the power of narrative to enlighten, horrify and enthral’
Australian Book Review
Don’t Shoot the Messenger
Final Draft: Great Conversations 
Readings: ‘Full of tension and menace.’
Saturday Paper