Michael Francis McDermott was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1988. He grew up an avid sportsman. He graduated from Macquarie University in 2010 with degrees in law and business. In his business career he has worked in Melbourne, Sydney and China. Michael had a passion for writing from a young age and wrote his first novel as a twelve-year-old. By the time he finished university, he had written several more. He never released them or sent them to publishers. In his spare time Michael enjoys live music, surfing, tennis, guitar, history, major sports events, films, and travel. He especially enjoys visiting historical sites around the world. His favourite book is George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. He lives in Sydney. In the Name of the Father is Michael's first released novel, and his first work in dystopian fiction.
'Debut author McDermott offers a sweeping dystopian novel about a repressive regime and those who rebel against it ... Readers will find themselves invested in what happens when the lives of the characters collide. A futuristic tale that's heavy on worldbuilding but still races to its inevitably violent conclusion.' - Kirkus Reviews; 'McDermott's ambitious, sprawling epic debut novel ... begins by tearing into a dystopian world like a bat out of hell. Your only option is to grab a hold of something and come along for the ride.' - Jesse Miller (brainofj.org); 'A gritty story.' - Red Ink Book Reviews; 'A masterful plot ... For much of the book I felt that the author was deliberately leaving the reader to ponder on the big questions. What place does faith and spirituality have in a modern society? What forms of government work best? What does it really mean to be free? What are the virtues and follies of our own modern society? I heard recently that great art doesn't answer questions, it asks them.' - Cassie; 'To me, this book is ultimately about the human experience ... this is a dark world, a dangerous place. What happens when a people in and around a place like this are told they aren't allowed to believe in anything? The result is inspiring ... A beautiful story with a big heart.' - Charlotte Draper; 'Be aware: this book could easily be a prediction of future societal direction ... The author gives us a dramatic view of how easily we could be led into following and voting in new ideas and fads that can lock us into a lifestyle of divisiveness and also fearful for our families and the future. This book is a must-read exciting thriller to the end.' - Colleen Mills; 'I just wish it was less believable.' - Jennifer Cameron-Smith; 'A very well-written book that makes you think and question. One that will leave you suspended in this world, never knowing if what you believe is real or propaganda.' - Marlene; 'Set in a dystopian future, the novel raises interesting questions surrounding the pitfalls of democracy and the place of religion in society - without taking a distinct stance on either side of the equation.' - Paul; Read more reviews at goodreads.com/MichaelFrancisMcDermott