October 2020

“Republican” and “democrat”

With the US election happening next week, I thought it was a good opportunity to explain why the terms “Republican” and “democrat” are used in my book.

A few people have asked me about this, and in fact the question was first raised in an advance review way back in March (that review, by the way, was very well-written).

Review of the month

Greg Piggott’s review of In the Name of the Father popped up on October 3.

I met Greg at a Dymocks bookstore a while back. Great to read his review!

September 2020

Commendation | Federation Chamber | Parliament
On Monday 24 August, Jason Falinski MP mentioned In the Name of the Father in the Federation Chamber of the Australian Parliament.

I was thrilled to learn of the mention and it came as a great surprise.

Click here to watch what Mr. Falinski had to say about the book!

Note: you’ll need to be logged into Facebook to watch the video.

New Video | Q&A

The latest question I’ve answered is in relation to the technology that exists in the world in which In the Name of the Father takes place:

Why hasn’t technology progressed that much in 2196?

Watch me give my answer here, or click on the image.

If you have any questions you’d like me to answer in future videos, message me via my Facebook page, or email me at [email protected]

A request for ratings and reviews

Ratings and reviews from readers make a big difference for new authors when their first books come out.

If you have finished reading In the Name of the Father and enjoyed the book, I would love it if you could support me by… read more.

Should all books be read in the same way?

In my latest blog post, I talk about why some books should be read in a different way to others – and the best way to read In the Name of the Father to get the most enjoyment out of it.

Father’s Day giveaway winner!

The winner of the Father’s Day giveaway was Carole Peers, who lives in Queensland, Australia.

It was a pleasure to sign and send a free paperback to her!

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August 2020

New Video | Q&A

In the coming weeks, I’ll be answering questions people have asked me about In the Name of the Father.

The first question I’m addressing is: Why is the book called In the Name of the Father?

Watch me give my answer here, or click on the thumbnail image.

If you have any questions you’d like me to answer in future videos, message me via my Facebook page, or email me at [email protected]

Pittwater Life magazine: “Tale of Dystopian Dread”

I recently sat down for a Q&A with Pittwater Life, a local magazine delivered to Pittwater residents in Sydney, to talk about my book.

Great to see the article this month!

Read more.

Now included in Kindle Unlimited!
For any e-book lovers out there, I’m excited to say that In the Name of the Father is now included in Kindle Unlimited.

With Kindle Unlimited, you can read In the Name of the Father on your Kindle or any device with the Kindle app – for free.

What is Kindle Unlimited?
Kindle Unlimited is basically like Netflix for e-books. You pay a monthly subscription, and you get free access to…read more.

Father’s Day giveaway

To celebrate Father’s Day, I’ll be giving away a free paperback to one of my newsletter subscribers.

The draw will be done on Monday 31st August.

I’ll notify the winner by email. Best of luck!

Red Cross Shop Newport – Book Signing

Join me at the Red Cross shop in Newport this Friday 28th August for a book signing.

50% of sales will go to the Red Cross, so it’s a great way of…read more.

Red Cross Shop Newport
336B Barrenjoey Rd, Newport NSW 2106
Friday 28th August

Newest blog post – why I wrote violence into the book

In my latest blog post, I discuss why I wrote violence into In the Name of the Father.


My review of My Dark Vanessa

I’ve just finished reading My Dark Vanessa, a confronting novel about a fifteen-year-old girl who ‘has an affair with’ (is abused by) her forty-two-year-old English teacher.

This is a brilliant book that I imagine will be studied by students for years.

Read my full review of the book.

July 2020

Book Signings
I’ve been spending time at bookstores in the last few weeks, especially Dymocks Castle Towers, which is one of the busiest in Sydney.

I’ve loved meeting people from all walks of life and talking to them about my book, dystopian fiction, and some of the themes explored in… read more (and to see photos).

Hardy Azeez’s incredible story!

During one of my book signings, I was lucky enough to meet Hardy Azeez, who told me about his incredible survival story.

I was so moved I thought I’d share it with you.

Hardy grew up in Kurdistan in Iraq. He spent his childhood dodging bullets and bombs… read more.

Hardy serving in the Australian army.

The latest review
The latest review of In the Name of the Father was posted by Susan Case.

Bookstore coverage across Sydney

There are now over 40 bookstores in Sydney that stock In the Name of the Father, meaning that you can walk into almost any local store and find the paperback.

Click here to find the closest stores to you with stock.


June 2020

Bookstores Update

There are now more than twenty bookstores across Sydney that stock In the Name of the Father, with additional locations to be added in the coming days.

You can usually find the book in the ‘new fiction‘ section or the ‘sci-fi‘ section of the stores. Just look for the biggest book on the shelves!

Click here to find the closest bookstore to you with stock.

So far the bookstores include:

Ariel Booksellers Darlinghurst
Berkelouw Balgowlah
Berkelouw Hornsby
Berkelouw Leichhardt
Berkelouw Mona Vale…read more and check out the pics of the cool displays.

Author Signing – Dymocks Castle Towers
Join me for an author signing at Dymocks Castle Towers on Saturday 4 July at 11am, where I’ll be signing paperbacks while talking to customers.

This is the first author event I’ve been able…read more.

The latest review!

The latest review was written by Ivory Castle. She is a ranked book reviewer on Amazon (top 500).

Read her review:

“Worlds might change but people will always want power over others.”

Winners of the Mother’s Day giveaway
The winners of last month’s Mother’s Day giveaway were Cynthia Davey (from SA) and Sam Young (from NSW) … Congrats to these two! 🍾

They each received a free copy of the paperback in the mail.

If you’re reading this in the news section of my website, make sure you’re eligible for future prizes by subscribing to my newsletter here.

Sam Young (NSW) with his prize!
iPhone – how to save the PDF file
A few people have had trouble finding the PDF version of the free sample of the book on their iPhone after downloading.

Instructions for iPhone users: when the PDF opens in a separate browser, tap the…read more.

Boy Swallows Universe review
I’ve just finished reading the award-winning Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton!

Here’s my review of the book.

I’m now reading My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell.

May 2020

The Kirkus Review is in!

Kirkus Reviews is an American book review magazine that dates back to 1933, and is one of the most famous book magazines in the world.

They have just reviewed In the Name of the Father!

“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
You will find the review on the dystopian fiction page, in the critical recommendations list, alongside Margaret Atwood’s Theread more.

Paperback ready! 

I’m pleased to announce that the physical paperback of In the Name of the Father arrived from the printer on May 5th! Orders will ship immediately according to the shipping options chosen at checkout.

Get your copy:


The paperback itself is a thing of beauty and has been printed by…read more.

Video trailer views soar!
After just one month, the book teaser video on YouTube has over 2,300 views, while the book trailer has almost 3,000 views. Similarly, the book teaser on Facebook now has a view count of over 13,000.

I have been super excited to see…read more.

Watch the videos here:

Mother’s Day giveaway!

As part of a Mother’s Day celebration, I’m giving away two free paperbacks (random draw) to two of my newsletter subscribers.The good news is: if you’ve already subscribed to the newsletter, you’re already in the draw!*

If you know someone else who would be interested in…read more.

The winners will be notified via email.
My first two blog posts

If you missed my first two blog posts, you can read them here: