On the Java Ridge
On the Java Ridge, skipper Isi Natoli and a group of Australian surf tourists are anchored beside an idyllic reef off the Indonesian island of Dana.
In the Canberra office of Cassius Calvert, Minister for Border Integrity, a Federal election looms and (not coincidentally) a hardline new policy is being announced regarding maritime assistance to asylum-seeker vessels in distress.
A few kilometres away from Dana, the Takalaris having engine trouble. Among the passengers fleeing from persecution are Roya and her mother, and Roya's unborn sister.
The storm now closing in on the Takalarand the Java Ridge will mean catastrophe for them all.
With ON THE JAVA RIDGE Jock Serong, bestselling author of The Rules of Backyard Cricket, brings us a literary novel with the pace and tension of a political thriller--and some of the most compelling, heartstopping writing about the sea since Patrick O'Brian.
Jock Serong's debut novelQuota won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. In 2016, The Rules of Backyard Cricketwas shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award. On the Java Ridgeis his third novel.Jock teaches law and writes feature articles in the surfing media and for publications such as The Guardianand Slow Living. He lives with his wife and four children in Port Fairy, Victoria.
'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
Publication Date: 31-Jul-2017
Publisher: Text Publishing Company