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UFO WARMINSTER: Cradle of Contact Paperback – 27 Jun. 2012
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- ISBN-10 : 190572392X
- Paperback : 178 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1905723928
- Product Dimensions : 15.6 x 0.96 x 23.4 cm
- Publisher : Fortean Words (27 Jun. 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 852,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a UFO book that differs from most in that it focusses not so much on the phenomena itself, but on the experiences of those involved with it.
In part, this book can be seen as a candid coming-of-age memoir, albeit one played out against a very strange backdrop.
The author was one of a group of teenagers who, in the 1970s, journeyed to Warminster to investigate the by then decade-long UFO phenomena centred on the town.
Although the group achieved their objective of seeing several UFOs while visiting the town, their experiences took on bizarre overtones when one of them experienced an "encounter" with an extra-terrestrial some time after their initial visit to Warminster.
Such contacts were later experienced by other group members using hypnotic techniques initially introduced by Peter and Jane Paget, two of the "main players" on the Warminster scene at the time.
The experiences of the author and his friends differ from most if not all other "contactee" stories in that, although they were allegedly contacted by an extra-terrestrial, UFOs were never a part of the actual contact experiences themselves.
This in itself sets the book apart from others in the "contactee" genre, as does the absence of invasive medical examinations, implants, "greys" and other aspects of the "mainstream" abduction / contact tales.
The book also gives valuable insights into what may be termed the politics of the time, with the aforementioned Pagets and their new age Fountain Centre finding themselves competing with the group UFO-Info to be the authoritative voice on the Warminster UFO phenomena.
Having myself planned but not made a similar "pilgrimage" to Warminster in the early 1970s, I was fascinated by the book in that it showed me not only what I'd missed, but also opened my eyes to things such as the new age aspect of the phenomena that I'd previously under-estimated.
In summary, a very different kind of UFO book that conveys what it's like to get caught up in the UFO phenomena.
Kevin immediately struck me as a down to earth and truthful person who had undergone a series of very strange experiences. So when this book came out I purchased a copy asap. I was not disappointed. Everything in this book is as I remember it from Kevin’s accounts back in the ‘80’s. Nothing had changed in his story.
Having met up again with Kevin in more recent years, he has become something of a tireless champion for the Warminster cause. Good on ya Kevin!
An extremely interesting book written in an honest and engaging style. A future classic!
The reason this book strikes a chord with me is that I was there, in Warminster at around the time the author and his friends were skywatching on Cradle Hill. It is so well written that I was immediately transported back to being a fifteen year old boy meeting Arthur Shuttlewood who was the local UFO guru and author of the Warminster Mystery, also it mentions John and Maureen Rowston who kindly made the introduction to the great Arthur.
Kevin Goodman writes with sincere passion on the history and subject of Ufology in the 70's. A worthwhile read for those who were there and for those who want to know what it was like to be up on Cradle Hill or The Copse spotting lights in the sky.