Christopher Russell was a postman when he had his first radio play broadcast in 1975, having given up a job in the civil service to do shift work and have more daytime hours for writing. Since 1980, he has been a full-time television and radio script writer, and, more recently a children's novelist. He was longlisted for The Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2005 and The Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2006. His wife Christine has always been closely involved with his work, storylining and script editing, and has television credits of her own. The Quest of the Warrior Sheep was the first book they wrote together.