Katharine Briggs award shortlist

My book How UFOs Conquered the World: the history of a modern myth was shortlisted by The Folklore Society for the Katharine Briggs book award for folklore scholarship in 2015.UFOs_HB_B

The judges described the book as ‘a lucid account based on 30+ years of archive research and fieldwork by an eminent researcher on the subject. 

‘Clarke concludes that UFOs are a distinctively modern Western folk legend, culturally determined products of post-war fears and desires.

‘This is interwoven with the author’s own intellectual journey from teenage sci-fi enthusiast to critical investigator of the psychosocial process of myth-making.’

The award was won by my friend and fellow folklorist Professor Richard Jenkins for his excellent book Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74 (Cork University Press, 2015).

Other books shortlisted included Marina Warner, Once Upon a Time: A Short History of the Fairy Tale (OUP, 2014) and Stephen Banks, Informal Justice in England 1760-1914: The Courts of Popular Opinion (Boydell Press, 2014).

A paperback edition of How UFOs Conquered the World will be published by Aurum Press later in 2016.

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