Alumni Authors


joseph mcaleer headshot and escape artist 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 May 2022 book is "Escape Artist: The Nine Lives of Harry Perry Robinson"
by Joseph McAleer (St John's, 1983).

Joseph McAleer received his M.A. and D.Phil. in Modern History from Oxford. His previous books include Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain, 1914–1950 (OUP, 1992), which received the inaugural Longmans/History Today Book of the Year Award; Passion’s Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon (OUP, 1999); and Call of the Atlantic: Jack London’s Publishing Odyssey Overseas, 1902–1916 (OUP, 2016). A Connecticut Yankee, he has held a variety of interesting jobs, including college professor, administrator of the Hawthornden Castle Literary Institute in Scotland, corporate PR head, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church, publisher, and national film critic.

You can purchase Escape Artist: The Nine Lives of Harry Perry Robinson 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
A high-quality headshot
A short bio
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


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