Russell was born in Leicester. After his degree in English and Theology he started writing sketches and jokes for a number of programmes on BBC Radio 4, including The News Quiz. His writing has included arts journalism and fringe theatre. However, his principal interest is prose fiction.
When his youngest daughter was two months old, he and his family packed their lives into a car and drove to Portugal, to live in the beautiful city of Coimbra, his wife’s home town. During this time he studied Portuguese Language and Culture at the University of Coimbra. In between exploring the poetry of Pessoa, Camões and Garrett, he explored the cake selections of several pastelarias.
Russell is currently writing a series of contemporary crime novels set in the medieval riverside city of Coimbra, bringing together his love of Portuguese language and culture, and his lifelong passion for crime fiction. (When he was a teenager, the only girls he was interested in were Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers.)
Russell has worked for the NHS for several years, and lives in Oxford with his family.
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