Russell is a former South African journalist who emigrated to Australia in 1979 because of the oppressive apartheid regime.
His debut novel is set in the early 60s, a time when apartheid was reaching the peak of its powers, Nelson Mandela was on the run, and new laws restricted freedom of expression for black and white alike.
Russell chose a young narrator to tell the story of a boy overhearing a terrible secret involving his newspaper editor father, Harry Mac.
The fictional drama unfolds against a backdrop of historical events, although the story premise is based on fact.
Harry Mac was released in July 2015 and launched at the Byron Bay Writers Festival. It is being distributed in South Africa by Wild Dog Press.
For more information, see: Alumni Books, Alumni Profiles and publisher Allen and Unwin. Harry Mac has a facebook page.