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In The Media



Guardian, 11 May 2022, Top Australian Writers Call for Climate Action to be at the Centre of the Election

Sydney Morning Herald, I Hated History At School. Now I've Won a $50,000 Prize (Oct 2021)

Historical Novel Society of Australasia, Historical Novel Prizewinners Announced (Oct 2021)

Better Reading, On the Challenges of Writing (Sept 2020)

Sydney Morning Herald, A Dramatic Voyage into the Choppy Waters of Colonisation. (Sept 2020)

Australian Financial Review: The Little Known Islands that Shaped our History. (Aug 2020)

Sydney Morning Herald: Surf's Up for Serong and the Great Ocean Quarterly. (Aug 2020)


The Sydney Morning Herald: "Jock Serong fills in the gaps in history to fine effect" (Jan 2019)

The Saturday Paper: Preservation (November 2018)​

Warrnambool's The Standard article "Port Fairy author goes from lawyer to The Rules of Backyard Cricket" (Sept 2016).



ABC Australia - Songs & Stories: In conversation with Brian Nankervis. Jock chooses three songs that have signposted important events in his life, beginning with memories of his grandfather and ending with one of Keith Richards' signature songs. Link HERE. (May 2022)

3RRR Backstory: Jock talks about his latest novel, The Burning Island, the follow up to his critically acclaimed thriller Preservation; and novelist Laura Elizabeth Woollett chats about her essay ‘Award Rate’, her contribution to the Sydney Review of Books series, Writers At Work. With presenter Mel Cranenburgh.  Link HERE. (Sept 2020)

ABC Radio National, The Book Show: We hear from the Australian writer Jock Serong whose historical fiction The Burning Island is set in the 19th century off the Tasmanian coast. It traces The Moonbird ship and its ragtag crew who are investigating another missing ship.

Link HERE. (Sept 2020)

ABC Radio National, The Bookshelf: Sea voyages, longstanding enmities, history and fiction colliding, and the creep of unease. Three new novels on this week's edition of the Bookshelf, from writers whose backlist also form part of the conversation. These books take us to the Australian coast in 1830, to Manchester in the 1860s and to Scotland in the present, with a loch full of old old stories. Link HERE. (Aug 2020)

City of Ballarat - Produced by the Ballarat Libraries team, 'On Reading' goes into the homes of authors to see what they are currently reading, why they read in times of trouble and much more. This is Jock's response: link HERE. (Aug, 2020)

Don't Shoot The Messenger Podcast. Link HERE. (Aug 2020)

Final Draft Podcast. Link HERE. (Aug 2020)

The First Time Podcast. Link HERE. (Aug 2020)

Readings Booksellers review. Link HERE. (Aug 2020)

Writers Victoria: Jock Serong on writing 'On the Java Ridge' (October 2017)

The Wheeler Centre: Working with Words (Nov 2016)​




Heart of Old, The Monthly (Dec 2022)

Surfline, The Big Chair (Oct 2021)

The Monthly: Sister Act, (Sept 2021)

The Monthly: "Surf and Turfed"  (Aug 2019)

The Daily Review, "I am going outside and I might be some time" (Nov 2019)

The Daily Review, "Lost Angeles" (Nov 2019)

The Daily Review, "Lifting the Tone: a Field Guide to Arizona's Natural History"

(Nov 2019)

Australian Surf Business Magazine, "Victor Tilley: a Steady Hand in Van Diemen's Land" (Feb 2018)

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