Helen Russell  is a British journalist and bestselling author.

Formerly the editor of MarieClaire.co.uk, she now lives in Denmark and works as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian.  Helen’s other journalism includes a column for the Telegraph, features for The Times, The Observer, Stylist, Metro, Grazia, The Wall Street Journal and The Independent.

She is the author of The Year of Living Danishly (Icon 2015) an international bestseller and the first book to spur interest in the Danish concept of hygge.  Her second book Leap Year: how to make big decisions, be more resilient and change your life for good was published by Two Roads in 2015, and in 2018 her debut novel Gone Viking was published by Ebury.

Helen’s latest project The Atlas of Happiness: the global secrets of how to be happy is an enlightening round-the-world trip through 33 international happiness concepts (Two Roads 2018). 

Helen is married with three children and a very scruffy dog.

Praise for The Year of Living Danishly:

'A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land' PD Smith, Guardian

‘A lovely mix of English sensibility and Danish pragmatism. Helen seems to have understood more about the Danish character than I have!’ Sandi Toksvig.

‘Russell is possessed of a razor-sharp wit and a winning self-deprecation,’ The Independent