Who is Russell Kane?
My family originally hailed from Leigh-on-Sea and Westcliff-on-Sea on the sunny Essex peninsula.
By the time I popped out of mum we were living in North London. I was raised, and at the same time paradoxically lowered, on the lovely councilly streets of Brimsdown, Enfield.
After uninspiring drug-assisted exam failures, I ended up working in a shop. Then I thought: "Sod this, what's Nineteenth Century Realism like?" And went and got a gleaming First in English.
After that I worked in an office for bit - and that's when it happened...
A dare. A curiosity. A one off. A lets see what'll happen.
And I had a go at stand-up comedy.
By 2006 I was out of a proper job and performing monkey antics all over the world. I've had three of those Perrier nomination thingies, I do national tours - I've even written a play which is going to the Soho theatre... and I'm writing a novel.
That's fucked up isn't it? Who taught chavs to read?
I live back where I belong, in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex with my cats Keith and Wayne and my pug dog Colin.
I love cheese, anything curried, and the minimalist writings of Haruki Murakami.