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Light and Shadow - Memoirs of a Spy's Son

Mark Colvin is a broadcasting legend. He is the voice of ABC Radio's leading current affairs program 'PM'.

He was a founding broadcaster for the groundbreaking youth station Double J; he initiated 'The World Today' program; and he's one of the most popular and influential journalists in the twittersphere. Mark has been covering local and global events for more than four decades. He has reported on wars, royal weddings and everything in between. In the midst of all this he discovered that his father was an MI6 spy. 'Light and Shadow' is the incredible story of a father waging a secret war against communism during the Cold War, while his son comes of age as a journalist during the tumultuous Whitlam and Fraser years and embarks on the risky career of a foreign correspondent.

Mark was witness to some of the most world-changing events, including the Iranian hostage crisis, the buildup to the first Gulf War in Iraq and the direct aftermath of the shocking genocide in Rwanda. But when he contracted a life-threatening illness while working in the field, his life changed forever. Mark Colvin's engrossing memoir takes you inside the coverage of major news events and gently navigates the complexity of his father's double life.

About the Author
Mark Colvin joined the ABC as a cadet journalist. He then spent three years as a founding member of Australia's first youth station, 2JJ (now Triple-J), before a two-year stint as a news producer and current affairs reporter. He was London and European correspondent for the ABC for most of the 80s and 90s before joining Four Corners for five years before returning to London.

He returned to Australia as presenter of PM in 1997, a job he has continued to do despite three years on dialysis and a successful kidney transplant. Since 2009, he has gradually built himself as one of the best-known journalistic names on Twitter, which he uses as a conversation, a way to find and double-check stories, and a source of amusement.


ISBN 9780522870893
Publisher Melbourne University Press
Published 2017
Format Paperback
Number of pages 277
Dimensions H 23.5cm x W 15.5cm D 2.5cm

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