Historical Fiction at it's best
Russell Whitfield was born in Shepherds Bush in 1971. An only child, he was raised in Hounslow, West London, but has since escaped to Ham in Surrey.
Russell has had an (almost) life long fascination with ancient Greece and Rome, sparked by seeing the The Three Hundred Spartans on ITV in the seventies. Educated to A-Level, he did not complete college, preferring instead to seek fame and fortune in a heavy metal band. Sadly, fame and fortune were not forthcoming and a career in telesales beckoned. A series of jobs followed culminating in the heady heights of 'content editor' for a large multi-national.
Gladiatrix was Russ's first novel, published in 2008 by Myrmidon Books. The sequel, Roma Victrix, continues the adventures Lysandra, the Spartan gladiatrix, and a third book, Imperatrix, sees Lysandra stepping out of the arena and onto the field of battle.
Heavy Metal is Russ's music of choice, though he was also in a goth band and thus has the obligatory Sisters of Mercy and Mission CD's in his collection.
He is a huge fan of the Swedish band Hysterica and has written a song for their forthcoming album The Art of Metal.
Russ Whitfield is a natural storyteller. He delivers breathtaking surprises as he weaves gripping scenes of combat with vivid interludes that reveal the underside of Roman life. His Lysandra is a heroine you won't forget; whether being mulish or noble, she is always engaging.
- Donna Gillespie's
"A great debut that shines an entirely new light on the glory and the bloodshed of the Roman arena. Whitfield paints a vivid picture of the fights and the passions of women combatants. It's exciting stuff, with well rounded characters, nail-biting duels to the death and vividly depicted settings. Gladiatrix makes Gladiator look very tame indeed!"
"Russ Whitfield is a natural storyteller. He delivers breathtaking surprises as he weaves gripping scenes of combat with vivid interludes that reveal the underside of Roman life. His Lysandra is a heroine you won't forget; whether being mulish or noble, she is always engaging."
"What a brilliant novel! Whitfield has taken one of history's curiosities -- the role of the female gladiator -- and woven from it a savage and splendid tale of the Roman arena... a tale that, once sampled, cannot be easily forgotten."
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