Lion Fiction

Book Review: The Thorn of Truth by S.L. Russell

I’m delighted to be in receipt of my friend and fellow author’s latest book: S.L. Russell’s The Thorn of Truth, due for release on 21st May, 2021. It tells the story of Anna Milburn, a seasoned barrister, whose very foundations are shaken when her only daughter is caught in the violent fallout of the murder of a young policeman. I was privileged to read The Thorn of Truth before it went to press and I can tell you, it’s a cracking story.

The Thorn of Truth is the second book in a short series of related stories. The first, The Healing Knife, had me so enthralled that I read it in one sitting.  If you have read and enjoyed The Healing Knife you won’t be disappointed with this new novel. I have read all of Sue Russell’s books and my back-cover endorsement for The Thorn of Truth sums up  the style and substance of what makes her refreshing contemporary Christian novels stand out as authentic, realistic, sometimes gritty and always compassionate.

“S.L. Russell masters the contemporary Christian novel in this beautifully compelling story of the consequences of treading the thin line between heart and conscience.”    


The Thorn of Truth by S.L. Russell is due for publication by SPCK on the 21st May, 2021.

New Book Contract: love and treachery during the Wars of the Roses

I am delighted to announce that I’ve signed a three-book contract with Lion Fiction.  

The first book in my historical trilogy is due for release in 2020. Wheel of Fortune launches into the turmoil of England in the C15th. The country is turning a corner after the ravages of the Black Death; the Hundred Years War is finally over, but conflict and treachery have come to haunt the families that survived.

I’m back on home territory with a story that charts the fortunes of young Isobel Fenton as she negotiates the treacherous political landscape of the Wars of the Roses and the mid-C15th. This is a period of history I started studying way back at the age of nine when I picked up my brother’s book on the history of England and became hooked. It was one of those traditional histories that paints monarchs in terms of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ – simplistic even to my child’s eyes. I remember being outraged at the depiction of Richard III even though I knew nothing about him, and it led to a lifetime of research.

That was the beginning. Now, decades later, I still study the political fortunes of the C15th, but this time, as a novelist. I get the best of both worlds.