Russell is a writer who has worked in national radio, theatre and print.
Russell has written for a number of comedy programmes on BBC Radio 4, including The News Quiz. He has also written arts journalism which has appeared in local and national press.
He studied English and Theology at Oxford Brookes University and Portuguese Language and Culture at Coimbra University.
Russell regularly writes about books, literature and Portuguese culture. He is currently developing a series of crime novels, as well as a work of historical fiction.
He lives in Oxford.
From the Blog…
During my last trip to Portugal I told myself that I wouldn’t buy any books. Like many booklovers, I’m a compulsive buyer of books. In the past I’ve skipped buying certain food items to have the money to buy books (a habit that my family challenged me over years ago when they saw how thin … Continue reading The First Portuguese Detective Novel
Victorian novelists often spoke with a narrator’s voice that was very much the voice of the author. It’s an explicit acknowledgement that the relationship is between a reader and a writer, that although the action will play out between the characters, the hand of the author is not entirely invisible. Dickens opens Our Mutual Friend … Continue reading Salmon in October and Dahlias in June
As the 31st Brunetti novel is published, Donna Leon remains as urbane and unaffected as ever. She is the crime writer who spends her time reading Dickens, Trollope and classic Greek literature. Leon presents herself as the cheerful book lover who stumbled into a career as an internationally bestselling author. Dividing her time between Switzerland … Continue reading Donna Leon: Crime, Canals and Contralto