The Burning Island
by Jock Serong
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Pub Date 13 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2021
Text Publishing, Text Publishing Company
WINNER OF THE 2021 ARA HISTORICAL NOVEL PRIZE
A father's obsession. A daughter's quest
Eliza Grayling has lived in Sydney all her life, born there some 32 years ago, when the colony itself was still an infant. Too tall, too stern—too old, now—for marriage, she lives with her reclusive father, a former lieutenant and governor’s aide. Eliza watches over him, in case he injures himself while drunk. There is a shadow in his past, she knows. Something obsessive. Something to do with a man who bested him decades earlier.
Then Srinivas, another figure from that dark past, offers Joshua Grayling the chance for a reckoning. The plan entails a sea voyage to the far south and an uncertain, possibly violent, outcome. Eliza is horrified: such a thing is out of the question for an elderly man, let alone a helpless drunkard who also happens to be blind.
Unable to dissuade her father from his outlandish quest, Eliza begins to understand she may be forced to go with him. Then she sees the ship they will be sailing on. And in that instant, the voyage of the Moonbird becomes Eliza’s mission too.
Praise for The Burning Island
‘There is some kind of magic in the way Jock Serong conjures places and times and people. The Burning Island is a ripping yarn of a book; sometimes while reading I’d be sunk so deep in its adventures, and in the precision of captured moments, that if interrupted I’d rise to the surface blinking, reluctant and surprised.’—Lucy Treloar, author Wolfe Island
Praise for Jock Serong
‘Serong’s prose is evocative, his dialogue convincing.’—Sydney Morning Herald
‘Serong is a talented storyteller.’—Booklist
‘The writing is sharp and the flawed characters compelling…Serong bowls with a wry eye.’—Otago Daily Times