Win 1 of 5 copies of Mick McCoy’s new novel, What the Light Reveals?

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Ends 30 April, 2018.

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‘What the Light Reveals’, the acclaimed new novel from author Mick McCoy based on his family’s experience fleeing Australia.

“An intriguing page-turner” – Books + Publishing

In an increasingly divided and intolerant world, Mick McCoy’s What the Light Reveals (Transit Lounge $29.99) is a novel that brilliantly captures the sometimes devastating consequences of individual belief. Based on the real lives of McCoy’s own extended family, the novel follows the story of Conrad, who is falsely accused by the Australian government of passing military secrets to the Russians. His life and that of his family is turned upside down by discrimination and fear. Unemployed, misrepresented by the media, betrayed by relatives and threatened by strangers, Conrad sees no choice but to uproot his family from their homeland to start a new life in Moscow.

It is also the story of Ruby, and of her and Conrad’s adopted son Alex, and biological son Peter, and of the tension and intrigue that confronts them and shapes their lives in two countries. Russia lives and breathes in McCoy’s superb evocation of it, but Australia is never far away. Told with suspense and rich in characterisation and surprising plot twists, this is a novel of both heart and intellect, a book about the need to belong, about what a family is and why we all need one. Melbourne-based Mick McCoy is also the author of Burning Sunday, shortlisted for the 1999 Age Fiction Prize, and Cutting Through Skin. Now available at all good book stores and online at