Gareth Russell (author)

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Gareth Russell
Born Belfast, Northern Ireland
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality British
Education Down High Grammar School
Alma mater Saint Peter's College, Oxford
Genre History, historical fiction, young adult fiction
Notable works Popular
The Immaculate Deception

Gareth Russell is a British author, best known for writing the novel Popular and its sequel, The Immaculate Deception.

Early life and education[edit]

Gareth Russell was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Academy Primary School then Down High Grammar School, and later graduated from Saint Peter's College, Oxford, where he read modern history.[1] Russell completed a Master's degree in medieval history at Queen's University, Belfast. He currently lives in Belfast.[2]


Russell is the author of a series of plays about the French Revolution, including The Audacity of Ideas and All Those Who Suffered.[3] His other plays include Appeasement, Magdalene, The Mysterious Case of Elizabeth Barton and The Gate of the Year.[4] In July 2011, his first novel Popular was published in the UK and Ireland by Penguin, as the first in a new series of novels following the lives of a group of privileged Belfast teenagers. It has subsequently been published in the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. It was published in German as It-Girls by S. Fischer Verlag in 2014. It has also since been adapted for the stage.[5] A sequel to Popular, The Immaculate Deception, was published in November 2012.

In August 2014, his first non-fiction book The Emperors: How Europe's Greatest Rulers were Destroyed by World War One was published by Amberley Publishing.



  • Popular (2011)
  • The Immaculate Deception (2012)


  • The Emperors: How Europe's Greatest Rulers were destroyed by World War I (2014)
  • An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors (2014)
  • A History of the English Monarchy from Boadicea to Elizabeth I (2015)


  • The Audacity of Ideas
  • All Those Who Suffered
  • Appeasement
  • Magdalene
  • The Mysterious Case of Elizabeth Barton
  • The Gate of the Year


  1. ^ "About". The Popular Series. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gareth Russell". Blogger. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Vidal 17 October 2009.
  4. ^ De Buitléir 7 March2014.
  5. ^ Russell 1 October 2011.


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