Alumni Authors


Russell Perkin headshot & book cover

As a celebration of our alumni, each month we will highlight a new book written by one of 
North American-based alumni.

Our January 2022 book is "Politics and the British Novel in the 1970s" by J. Russell Perkin (Regent's Park, 1977).

Russell Perkin was born in England and grew up in Canada. He received a BA in English from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, following which he went to Oxford, where he read English at Regent’s Park College. He subsequently studied law and then got his Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto. He has published widely on British literature from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, including the books A Reception-History of George Eliot’s Fiction (University of Rochester Press), Theology and the Victorian Novel, and David Lodge and the Tradition of the Modern Novel (both with McGill-Queen’s University Press). Perkin is Professor of English at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His new book, Politics and the British Novel in the 1970s, explores the relationship between politics and culture in a turbulent decade. It includes detailed discussions of John le Carré’s espionage fiction, Richard Adams’s Watership Down, and the novels of Doris Lessing.

You can purchase Politics and the British Novel in the 1970s here.


Are you an alumni author?

If you have written a book which was published within the last three years, or is due to be released soon, please email us the following information.

Your full name
Alumni number (or college/year of matriculation)
Title of book
Date of publication
Link to purchase the book online

We thank you for sharing your books with us, and will let you know if you are selected for a feature in the coming months.

Please visit our archive page to look back at previous Alumni Authors


The North American Office team