Michael Russell - Author

About the Author

Michael Russell read English at Oxford before spending the next three years working in farming in North Devon, trying to get someone to pay him to write. He worked for Yorkshire Television as a script editor, on Emmerdale Farm, working his way up to Series Producer. He also spent two years in the Drama Department, first as Script Consultant then Producer, before leaving ITV to write full-time. He is a regular contributor to Midsommer Murders and recently scripted the last ever Touch of Frost which topped the ratings. He left to become a full-time television writer, before finally writing what he had started out intending to write, a novel. He now lives in Ireland with his wife, his children and step-children, and a large Rhodesian Ridgeback dog.

Featured books by Michael Russell

The City of Strangers

The City of Strangers

Author: Michael Russell Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

New York, 1939: A city of hope. A city of opportunity. A city hiding dark secrets ...A brutal murder in an affluent suburb of Dublin and the unexplained death of an Irish diplomat in Manhattan...Garda Sergeant Stefan Gillespie is sent to America to bring a killer to justice, but his mission soon becomes part of an increasingly personal struggle. A chance encounter with an old friend draws him deep into a chilling network of conspiracy, espionage and terror with disturbing connections to home. He becomes more involved than he should in an Irish woman's bid for freedom from the clutches of the Manhattan underworld, and discovers that the war that is looming in Europe is already being played out here on the streets, with deadly consequences. In this time when people must make a stand for what they believe in, the stakes for Stefan Gillespie, and everything he holds dear, couldn't be higher. This thrilling, elegant and hugely atmospheric novel will keep you reading late into the night.

Other books by Michael Russell

Palestine or the Holy Land

Palestine or the Holy Land

Author: Michael Russell Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2018

Palestine or the Holy Land

Palestine or the Holy Land

Author: Michael Russell Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/05/2018

The City of Lies

The City of Lies

Author: Michael Russell Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Dublin 1940. An IRA attack leaves two guards dead on the streets of Dublin. Two days later, a battle between warring gangs erupts at a race meeting, and on Ireland's east coast the cremated bodies of a wealthy family of five are found in their shuttered, burned-out villa. Dispatched from Special Branch to investigate, Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie soon finds himself caught in a web of Irish, British and German Intelligence - all playing against each other, all watching each other, and all plagued by rogue operators they can't quite control, as the certainty grows that Hitler is about to invade England. And then, Stephen is sent to Berlin on a sensitive mission. His journey home becomes a dangerous pursuit in which no one can be trusted and the information he carries puts his life on the line.

The City of Lies

The City of Lies

Author: Michael Russell Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Dublin, September 1940. An IRA attempt to capture the British diplomatic bag on its way from Ireland to England leaves a Guard dead on the streets of Dublin. Two days later a pitched battle between warring gangs erupts at one of Ireland's biggest race meetings. In the Irish countryside, the cremated bodies of a family of four are found in their burned-out house. Connections between these events become clear to Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie when he is dispatched to investigate the four dead bodies - or is he there to cover something up? He is soon treading on the toes of Ireland's burgeoning Intelligence industry - Irish, British and German, all playing against each other, all watching each other, all plagued by rogue operators they can't control. Meanwhile certainty grows that Hitler is about to invade England, with Ireland in the firing line. And then Stefan is asked to go to Berlin on a sensitive mission the Irish government doesn't want anyone to know about. The journey will take him not only to Berlin and the heart of the war, but to a murder that touches the city's small Irish community and opens a window on to the heart of Europe's darkness...

The City of Lies

The City of Lies

Author: Michael Russell Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2017

One of Irish Times' Best Crime Novels of 2017! Dublin, September 1940. An IRA attempt to capture the British diplomatic bag on its way from Ireland to England leaves a Guard dead on the streets of Dublin. Two days later a pitched battle between warring gangs erupts at one of Ireland's biggest race meetings. In the Irish countryside, the cremated bodies of a family of four are found in their burned-out house. Connections between these events become clear to Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie when he is dispatched to investigate the four dead bodies - or is he there to cover something up? He is soon treading on the toes of Ireland's burgeoning Intelligence industry - Irish, British and German, all playing against each other, all watching each other, all plagued by rogue operators they can't control. Meanwhile certainty grows that Hitler is about to invade England, with Ireland in the firing line. And then Stefan is asked to go to Berlin on a sensitive mission the Irish government doesn't want anyone to know about. The journey will take him not only to Berlin and the heart of the war, but to a murder that touches the city's small Irish community and opens a window on to the heart of Europe's darkness... Praise for Michael Russell: 'Atmospheric thriller' Sunday Times 'Michael Russell is a master at building tension. This is a thriller to keep you guessing and gasping' Daily Mail 'Complex but compelling . . . utterly vivid and convincing . . . Michael Russell's style is a pleasure: easy, fluent, clear, always calm and never over-heated' Independent on Sunday 'A superb, atmospheric thriller . . . A page turner of high quality, populated by a marvellous set of fictional characters, interwoven cleverly with real characters of the era. Highly recommended' Irish Independent

The City in Darkness

The City in Darkness

Author: Michael Russell Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Christmas 1939. In Europe the Phoney War hides carnage to come. In Ireland Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie keeps tabs on Irishmen joining the British Forces. It's unpleasant work, but when an IRA raid on a military arsenal sends Garda Special Branch in search of guns and explosives, Stefan is soon convinced his boss, Superintendent Terry Gregory, is working for the IRA. At home for Christmas, Stefan is abruptly called to Laragh, an isolated mountain town. A postman has disappeared, believed killed, and Laragh's Guards are hiding something. Stefan is the nearest Special Branch detective, yet is he only there because Gregory wants him out of the way? Laragh is close to the lake where Stefan's wife Maeve drowned years earlier, and when events expose a connection between the missing postman and her death, Stefan realises it wasn't an accident, but murder. And it will be a difficult, dangerous journey where Stefan has to finally confront the ghosts of the past not only in the mountains of Wicklow, but in Spain in the aftermath of its bloody Civil War, before he can return to Dublin to find the truth.

The Colours of Yesterday's Trolleybuses

The Colours of Yesterday's Trolleybuses

Author: Michael Russell Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2015

In by far our biggest Colours book - with 256 pages - one of the foremost trolleybus authorities in the country, Michael Russell, writes detailed captions to around 500 colour photographs of trolleybuses from the 37 systems that existed in the UK post-war. The book follows a geographical sequence so that neighbouring operators are in the same section of this large work. An indispensable feast for trolleybus fans everywhere.

East End at War and Peace

East End at War and Peace

Author: Michael Russell Format: eBook Release Date: 28/04/2014

Michael Russell's work has captured the real essence of life in the East End of London between 1890 and 1961. Michael has collected together recollections from his own childhood and his family's oral history in East End at War and Peace, bringing the past to life into one colourful story. Interspersed with the general history, this book is a unique look at the East End of London, from both a personal and a historical perspective. He retells his grandparent's tales of trench warfare and the 1920s depression and his family fortunes at this time. He talks us through the 1930s, when the family was disturbed by the threat of war as they prepare for laughter and tears in the shelters. He revisits the scene when a V2 rocket plunged to earth near the family home on Cambus Road in 1944. From the VEday celebrations to the nuclear age, from the choking smogs that cover the East End post-war to the age of rock and roll as it infiltrated daily life, Michael's book offers a glimpse of a life of a true East Ender.

The City of Strangers

The City of Strangers

Author: Michael Russell Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

New York, 1939: A city of hope. A city of opportunity. A city hiding dark secrets ...A brutal murder in an affluent suburb of Dublin and the unexplained death of an Irish diplomat in Manhattan...Garda Sergeant Stefan Gillespie is sent to America to bring a killer to justice, but his mission soon becomes part of an increasingly personal struggle. A chance encounter with an old friend draws him deep into a chilling network of conspiracy, espionage and terror with disturbing connections to home. He becomes more involved than he should in an Irish woman's bid for freedom from the clutches of the Manhattan underworld, and discovers that the war that is looming in Europe is already being played out here on the streets, with deadly consequences. In this time when people must make a stand for what they believe in, the stakes for Stefan Gillespie, and everything he holds dear, couldn't be higher. This thrilling, elegant and hugely atmospheric novel will keep you reading late into the night.

City of Shadows

City of Shadows

Author: Michael Russell Format: eBook Release Date: 07/11/2012

An evocative debut crime novel, set between Dublin and Danzig in the 1930s - linking the church, an illegal abortionist, the Nazi Party and a missing woman...Detective Stefan Gillespie arrest Herr Keller under suspicion of carrying out illegal abortions and encounters Hannah Rosen desperately trying to find her friend Susan, a Jewish woman who had become romantically involved with a priest.When the bodies of a man and woman are found buried in the Dublin mountains, each with a single hole from a pistol in their skulls, Stefan soon finds himself immersed in a complex case as he tries to piece together the mystery of the missing woman.As Stefan and Hannah are drawn closer together in their mission to uncover the truth of what happened to Susan, they soon find themselves in terrible danger...

Assessing Students in the Margins Challenges, Strategies and Techniques

Assessing Students in the Margins Challenges, Strategies and Techniques

Author: Michael Russell Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2011

The importance of student assessment, particularly for summative purposes, has increased greatly over the past thirty years. At the same time, emphasis on including all students in assessment programs has also increased. Assessment programs, whether they are large-scale, district-based, or teacher developed, have traditionally attempted to assess students using a single instrument administered to students under the same conditions. Educators and test developers, however, are increasingly acknowledging that this practice does not result in valid information, inferences, and decisions for all students. This problem is particularly true for students in the margins, whose characteristics and needs differ from what the public thinks of as the general population of students. Increasingly, educators, educational leaders, and test developers are seeking strategies, techniques, policies, and guidelines for assessing students for whom standard assessment instruments do not function well. Whether used for high-stakes decisions or classroom-based formative decisions, the most critical element of any educational assessment is validity. Developing and administering assessment instruments that provide valid measures and allow for valid inferences and decisions for all groups of students presents a major challenge for today's assessment programs. Over the past few decades, several national policies have sparked research and development efforts that aim to increase test validity for students in the margins. This book explores recent developments and efforts in three important areas. The first section focuses on strategies for improving test validity through the provision of test accommodations. The second section focuses on alternate and modified assessments. Federal policies now allow testing programs to develop and administer alternate assessments for students who have not been exposed to grade-level content, and thus are not expected to demonstrate proficiency on grade-level assessments. A separate policy allows testing programs to develop modified assessments that will provided more useful information about achievement for a small percentage of students who are exposed to grade-level content but for whom the standard form of the grade-level test does not provide a valid measure of achievement. These policies are complex and can be confusing for educators who are not familiar with their details. The chapters in the second section unpack these policies and explore the implications these policies have for test design. The third and final section of the book examines how principles of Universal Design can be applied to improve test validity for all students. Collectively, this volume presents a comprehensive examination of the several issues that present challenges for assessing the achievement of all students. While our understanding of how to overcome these challenges continues to evolve, the lessons, strategies, and avenues for future research explored in this book empower educators, test developers, and testing programs with a deeper understanding of how we can improve assessments for students in the margins.

Assessing Students in the Margins Challenges, Strategies and Techniques

Assessing Students in the Margins Challenges, Strategies and Techniques

Author: Michael Russell Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2011

The importance of student assessment, particularly for summative purposes, has increased greatly over the past thirty years. At the same time, emphasis on including all students in assessment programs has also increased. Assessment programs, whether they are large-scale, district-based, or teacher developed, have traditionally attempted to assess students using a single instrument administered to students under the same conditions. Educators and test developers, however, are increasingly acknowledging that this practice does not result in valid information, inferences, and decisions for all students. This problem is particularly true for students in the margins, whose characteristics and needs differ from what the public thinks of as the general population of students. Increasingly, educators, educational leaders, and test developers are seeking strategies, techniques, policies, and guidelines for assessing students for whom standard assessment instruments do not function well. Whether used for high-stakes decisions or classroom-based formative decisions, the most critical element of any educational assessment is validity. Developing and administering assessment instruments that provide valid measures and allow for valid inferences and decisions for all groups of students presents a major challenge for today's assessment programs. Over the past few decades, several national policies have sparked research and development efforts that aim to increase test validity for students in the margins. This book explores recent developments and efforts in three important areas. The first section focuses on strategies for improving test validity through the provision of test accommodations. The second section focuses on alternate and modified assessments. Federal policies now allow testing programs to develop and administer alternate assessments for students who have not been exposed to grade-level content, and thus are not expected to demonstrate proficiency on grade-level assessments. A separate policy allows testing programs to develop modified assessments that will provided more useful information about achievement for a small percentage of students who are exposed to grade-level content but for whom the standard form of the grade-level test does not provide a valid measure of achievement. These policies are complex and can be confusing for educators who are not familiar with their details. The chapters in the second section unpack these policies and explore the implications these policies have for test design. The third and final section of the book examines how principles of Universal Design can be applied to improve test validity for all students. Collectively, this volume presents a comprehensive examination of the several issues that present challenges for assessing the achievement of all students. While our understanding of how to overcome these challenges continues to evolve, the lessons, strategies, and avenues for future research explored in this book empower educators, test developers, and testing programs with a deeper understanding of how we can improve assessments for students in the margins.

Polynesia; Or, an Historical Account

Polynesia; Or, an Historical Account

Author: Michael Russell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2009

Palestine or the Holy Land From the Earliest Period to the Present Time

Palestine or the Holy Land From the Earliest Period to the Present Time

Author: Michael Russell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1985

Reprint of the fourth edition of 'Palestine' published 1837, the author in his preface says he 'has made it his study to leave no source of information unexplored' in recounting the events that shaped this land from its earliest known history. Similarly topographical description is drawn from the works of numerous travellers and pilgrims.

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