Senate House, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU, United Kingdom
Russell Jones studied at the University of London. He got a Bachelor of Arts.
Iowa City, IA 52242, United States
Russell Jones studied at the University of Iowa. He got a Master of Arts.
(A porter in a London hospital, Mark does the job because ...)
A porter in a London hospital, Mark does the job because he's always wanted to be a caretaker. The irony is, the only person he can feel for is his older sister, Geena. When illness provokes the discovery that Geena was adopted before his parents left South Africa, Mark must face his feelings for her.
Russell Jones attended the University of London, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. Also, he graduated from the University of Iowa. There he earned a Master of Arts.
Russell Jones is a staff reviewer for the London Times and London Review of Books. He writes screenplays and television scripts. As an educator, he taught at universities in the United States, South Africa, and at the Universities of East Anglia and Warwick. Jones is currently a professor of Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. Also, he was a judge for the Booker Prize in 2002.
Russell Jones's novels deal variously with the criminal element in London, the uneasy relationship between parents, children, and siblings, and the consequences of political strife for individuals caught up in it. The heroes in Jones's novels challenge stereotypes of English civility and manners. The protagonist of his debut work, Soldiers and Innocents, becomes unhinged after shooting a pregnant civilian in Northern Ireland. Harry Langland, in Small Times, makes his living as a pickpocket and meets his doom when he tries to rise above his seedy lifestyle. The central character in An Interference of Light, Aaron Lewis, is an American spy trying to steal industry secrets from a group of Welsh slate cutters. The plot of Surface Tension hinges upon the unconventional relationship between siblings Mark and Geena McLuhan. Himself highly educated and reliable, Mark dotes on his older sister even though she haunts the club scene and cannot hold a steady job. When Geena begins having hallucinations, she learns an ancient family secret: she was adopted in South Africa during the era of apartheid. Geena travels to South Africa to find her birth parents but winds up putting herself in danger: Mark and his father must come to her rescue.
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Nicola Upson: "Jones is a thoughtful writer with a sensitive approach to conflicts of love and identity."
Russell Jones married Barbara Ann Shacochis. They divorced in 2000. Jones has three children, Rebecca Grace, Rachel Amanda, and Ben Richard Jones.