David Guss has published several scholarly books and papers that have emerged from his work as Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University in Massachusetts, as well as some volumes of poetry.
But his first narrative work for the general reader stems from his life-long love of escape literature, specifically the experience of Allied prisoners of war in 1939–45. David had long been intrigued by frequent references to a Scottish POW called Alastair Cram, referred to with reverence and even awe by other POWs as ‘The Baron’. But nowhere could Cram’s own story be found – until David made contact with Cram’s widow Isobel, and discovered that Cram had indeed written an almost indecipherable account of his wartime adventures, scribbled down on papers that had been shut away in an Edinburgh attic for sixty years.
Now, Alastair Cram’s incredible story of his escapes from various Italian and German camps – including Gavi, the notorious ‘Italian Colditz’ – can be told in full for the first time. The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram will be published by Macmillan in 2018 and is destined to become an instant classic of POW literature.