Joseph McAleer's 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). He has held a variety of interesting jobs, including college professor, administrator of Hawthornden Castle, corporate PR head, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church, publisher, and national film critic.
What McAleer has come up with is a forensic yet readable account of the gifted, personally adventurous but politically conservative Robinson. * Dominic Maxwell, The Times * Robinson's journalistic career gave him a ringside seat at some of the most dramatic events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from the American Gold Rush of the 1880s to the excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb. He had the three crucial attributes common to all great reporters: an eye for a good story, the wit and tenacity to research it properly and the ability to write it up in an entertaining way ... Joseph McAleer has performed a valuable service in bringing his fine work to the fore. * William Cook, The Spectator * Escape Artist is well researched and, for the most part, well-written * Wall Street Journal * I don't think I've ever enjoyed a memoir as much as I enjoyed this life of Harry Perry Robinson. The book is a 'keeper' that I intend to read more than once. Author Joseph McAleer has done us a great favor by so ably bringing this complex and intriguing character to life again. * David F. Beer, Roads to the Great War * Here is a life out of the ordinary that holds especial interest. * Philip Waller, University of Oxford, author of Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918 *