Passion's Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - History - 322 pages
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This is the first history of Mills & Boon, the British publishing phenomenon that has become a household name, synonymous with romantic fiction. On the firm's 90th anniversary, Joe McAleer has written the first history of Mills & Boon, drawing upon a long-lost archive of over 50,000 letters which reveal the intricate relationship between editorial policy, social attitudes, and sales.

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Born in Connecticut (US citizen) in November 1961. Did History degree and D Phil at Oxford, then worked for H.J. Heinz Foundation based at Hawthorden Castle in Scotland where he hosted and advised many of the leading fiction writers of the day. Was Professor in History and occasional lecturer at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut till 1983. Worked as senior writer and communications manager in a large corporation for six years . Currently Director of Communications, Roman CatholicDiocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut and editor of a monthly newspaper, Fairfield County Catholic (circ. 91,000). Founding partner and editor of website devoted to reading, 'Now Read the Book' (

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