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Escape Artist by Joseph McAleer (Independent Historian)

Escape Artist: The Nine Lives of Harry Perry Robinson

Joseph McAleer (Independent Historian)

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Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 27 Aug 2020
ISBN: 9780198794943

The life of Harry Perry Robinson-a born adventurer, a master of reinvention, and the ultimate witness to history. From a stint in the gold mines and helping to elect a US president, to the First World War and the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.

4 stars out of 5
29 Aug 2020

"the star Times reporter always electrified his readers"

Harry Perry Robinson is not a particularly topical figure. He has nothing especially useful to teach us about the world today. But he was a good writer and a very good reporter, and Joseph McAleer has performed a valuable service in bringing his fine work to the fore.



3 stars out of 5
31 Jul 2020

"it might take a work of fiction to really get inside his head"

Do we really get to know Robinson? We know what he did and whom he met, but it might take a work of fiction to really get inside his head. Insanely interesting people though we journalists are, it tends to be our job to be on the edge of the action rather than in the thick of it. Robinson didn’t write so well that he makes the years fall away when one reads him now, and his attitudes to Empire or, say, suffrage for black people in America are of their time.