Book on British spy fiction receives prestigious award

Dr Alan Burton, Honorary Visiting Fellow in History of Art and Film from our School of Arts, has recently been awarded an Outstanding Reference Source Award by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) for his recent publication on British spy fiction.

‘The Historical Dictionary of British Spy Fiction’ is a detailed overview of the rich history and achievements of the British espionage story in literature, cinema and television.

It provides detailed and accessible information on numerous individual authors, novels, films, filmmakers, television dramas and significant themes within the broader field of the British spy story.

British spy fiction is widely regarded as the most significant and accomplished in the world and Dr Burton’s book is the first attempt to bring together an informed survey of the achievements in the British spy story in literature, cinema and television.

The Outstanding Reference Sources Committee of the American Library Association was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications for small and medium-sized libraries. The Reference Sources awards are considered the highest awards honouring academic reference books or media.