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7pm September 20: Cherrywood with Jock Serong and Mark Smith at Great Escape Books

20 September @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Jock Serong and Mark Smith in a fabulous evening as they discuss Jock’s remarkable new novel Cherrywood.

Enjoy complimentary wine and champagne.

To Book $8.00 redeemable against book purchase:  Trybooking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CSSBI

More about Cherrywood…

One rainy Friday evening in the winter of 1993, a taxi swept through the streets of East Melbourne, on its way from the city to Richmond. That year was one of the few remaining when a great deal was known of the world, but not yet so much that the world had become over-known. Small gaps remained…’

Edinburgh, 1916:Thomas Wrenfether, a rich Scottish industrialist, is offered the opportunity to take on a startling project – to build a paddle steamer from European cherrywood on the other side of the world, in booming Melbourne, Australia. But nothing goes according to plan.

Melbourne, 1993. Martha is a lonely, frustrated lawyer. One night on impulse she stops at a strange pub in Fitzroy, The Cherrywood, for a bottle of wine. The building and its inhabitants make an indelible impression, and she slowly begins to deduce odd truths about the pub.

A complex puzzlebox of a novel, this is delicious, rich storytelling, with a dark unusual charm. Cherrywood brings to mind the delicate, witty, character-driven storytelling of Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda; the daring of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas; and a dash of something unworldly à la The Shadow of the Wind – it is haunting, magical and a true original.

‘Sublime and haunting’ Toni Jordan

‘A wildly imaginative, intricately woven tale of beauty, love and loss. Serong is an exceptionally gifted writer, and Cherrywood is his best book yet’ Mark Brandi

‘As magical as it is mesmerising. Every chapter presents the reader with another storytelling treasure more narratively wondrous than the last. Serong’s wild imagination is a gift that keeps on giving’ Trent Dalton

‘What an adventure. This beautiful novel of ambition and grief has me feeling ghosts at every step’ Tim Rogers


More about Jock Serong…

Jock Serong is the author of Quota, winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction; The Rules of Backyard Cricket, shortlisted for

the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction, finalist of the 2017 MWA Edgar Awards for Best Paperback Original, and finalist of the

2017 Indie Book Awards Adult Mystery Book of the Year; and On the Java Ridge, which won the Colin Roderick Award and, internationally,

the inaugural Staunch Prize (UK), and was shortlisted for the 2018 Indie Awards. He has won praise for his trilogy of historical novels

Preservation; The Burning Island, which earned him the ARA Historical Novel Prize and the

Historial Award for Historical Crime Fiction (France); and The Settlement, which was shortlisted for the Voss Prize and the ARA Historical Novel Prize.


20 September
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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