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Summary

Premonitions are impossible. But they come true all the time.

Most are innocent. 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In 1966, John Barker, a dynamic psychiatrist working in an outdated British mental hospital, established the Premonitions Bureau to investigate these questions.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.

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©2022 Sam Knight (P)2022 Faber Audio

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Incredible story, wonderfully written

I've been absolutely fascinated by the story of John Barker and the Premonitions Bureau since I first read an article by Sam Knight in the New Yorker several years ago. I'm so delighted that it has now been expanded to a book, giving so much more fascinating information, background and context. I have a lifelong interest in the esoteric and in the workings of the human mind, so I was never going to be disappointed by this book, but it definitely exceeded expectations. Sam Knight has handled the story beautifully and effortlessly captured my interest throughout, introducing many interesting contextual concepts and sources that I now intend to fully explore.

Julian Rhind-Tutt's narration is superb and makes for very enjoyable listening.

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Wonderful work

This is a pleasure to listen to. Carefully structured, beautifully narrated and perfectly balanced. I didn’t lose interest for one single minute

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Pure genius

My favourite read this year. Fascinating and original. It has inspired me to do further research on the subject.

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Morbid and did not meet it's publicity

This book focussed on the characters not the subject. It didn't flow and it seemed to focus so heavily on morbidity.

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Pleasant read but misleading book description

There is no doubt that the author spent decent amount of time on research, interviews etc. but the book description is misleading. I was expecting more about the phenomena of precognition rather than a story of the bureau and people involved. It was still a pleasant listen but I was primed to expect something different.

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Disappointing waffle.

Although the premise for this book was great, in reality it was just padded with lots of things not really getting to the meat of the topic. I was really looking forward to this book, the narrator has done a great job and I will search for more titles performed by him but I wouldn't recommend wasting the credit or the hours to find that fact out.

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superb, cannot put it down

beautifully researched, sensitively told, this fascinating story was so wonderful, I read it without stopping.