Mary Russell was born in Dublin, the last of four children. She was educated first by nuns of the Dominican order and then, for eight years, by the La Sainte Union nuns at Our Lady's Bower, Athlone - a town which straddles the provinces of Leinster and Connaught and which lies more or less in the middle of the Bog of Allen. She was started to write short stories, often drawing on her travel experiences. Some of the stories have been published in different editions of the London Magazine as well as in collections including Nocturnal Emissions (1997) The Phoenix Book of Irish Short Stories (1998) and Signals 2 (1999). In 1999, she was commissioned by the Irish publishing company Town House to write a travel book in which she looks not only at the places she has so far visited but also at her reasons for going to these places. This was a revealing project as often the reasons for going to certain destinations did not make themselves evident until after the journey was completed, and sometimes even not until four or five years later.
Journeys of a Lifetime was published in Ireland by Town House Books and in the UK by Simon and Schuster in June 2002. Most recently, her travels have taken her to Israel, Syria and to Iraq (see Print, for her pieces in The Irish Times and The Guardian on Baghdad and Damascus respectively.)
The Arab world, with all its complexities, continues to entice her. She has plans to travel soon to Andalucia and later to North Africa.
This volume explores a unique, interactive group therapy programme for working with abusive men - a programme which encourages men to challenge and alter entrenched beliefs about the roles of men and women. The author presents a new theoretical framework as well as detailed group session protocols, thus providing both practical information for therapists and food for thought regarding the gendered nature of relationships. Sessions address issues such as expressed emotions, recurring thoughts, communication patterns and conflict resolution.