Vanessa Russell

Vanessa Russell's debut novel, Holy Bible, was published in 2013 and was included in the Herald Sun's top 20 books of the year. She's working on a true crime book about an asylum seeker she used to write to while he was in Port Hedland. He was murdered by his on-and-off friend in 2009, and she's piecing together his life and death to see if mandatory detention, trauma from escaping the Taliban and living with a Temporary Protection Visa contributed to his death.