‘The Premonitions Bureau: A True Story’ with Sam Knight
Thu 12 May 2022
7:00pm at Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights
Doors at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Tickets include author interview, a glass of wine and a 15% discount on any books in the shop on the night.
We are absolutely delighted to welcome author and journalist Sam Knight to Mr B’s to discuss his first book ‘The Premonitions Bureau,’ an exceptional piece of non-fiction about a very strange, and all too real, experiment! Be prepared to delve into the oddest corners of 1960s Britain and the outer edges of science and reason…
Premonitions are impossible. But they come true all the time. You think of a forgotten friend.
Out of the blue, they call. But what if you knew that something terrible was going to happen? A sudden flash, the words CHARING CROSS. Four days later, a packed express train comes off the rails outside the station.
What if you could share your vision, and stop that train? Could these forebodings help the world to prevent disasters?In 1966, John Barker, a dynamic psychiatrist working in an outdated British mental hospital, established the Premonitions Bureau to investigate these questions. He would find a network of hundreds of correspondents, from bank clerks to ballet teachers. Among them were two unnervingly gifted “percipients”.
Together, the pair predicted plane crashes, assassinations and international incidents, with uncanny accuracy. And then, they informed Barker of their most disturbing premonition: that he was about to die. The Premonitions Bureau is an enthralling true story, of madness and wonder, science and the supernatural – a journey to the most powerful and unsettling reaches of the human mind.
Team B’s Lottie has become worringly obsessed with ‘The Premonitions Bureau’ and we definitely predict you will to… Join us for what is undoubtedly going to be a fascinating night!
A stunning piece of work. Brimming with mystery and suffused with haunting atmosphere, The Premonitions Bureau is the tale of a team of midcentury investigators who set out to answer some of life’s most imponderable questions. With calm rationality and a keen sense of pacing, Sam Knight relates the extraordinary story of this initiative to study those among us who appear to be able to predict the future — and in particular, to predict disaster. An enveloping, unsettling book, gorgeously written and profound.— Patrick Radden Keefe, bestselling author of SAY NOTHING and EMPIRE OF PAIN
A fluent and enticing book, skilfully navigating the tricky and marginal subject of the paranormal; it is beautifully ordered, humane, capacious. — Hilary Mantel
A terrifically insightful book, unusual in all its aspects. Readers will love it for its brilliant sense of storytelling and its fierce interest in character.I was knocked out by the precision and drama of it all, by the book’s comprehension of our deepest dreads and our relentless bid to control them. — Andrew O’Hagan
The Premonitions Bureau is an eerie and amazing account of coincidence and fate, and the impossibility of knowing the difference. I loved this fascinating book. — Emma Cline, bestselling author of THE GIRLS: A NOVEL