HistoryThe Premonitions Bureau by Sam Knight

The Premonitions Bureau by Sam Knight

JOINT REVIEW ~ THE PREMONITIONS BUREAU

Before I give you my thoughts on this bestseller, I’ll share my husband’s. He picked it up and couldn’t put it down. Until he did. He found it so unnerving, he couldn’t carry on. Unlike him, I made it to the end. Yes, it’s frightening but oh my days, is it worth it.

Set up in the aftermath of the Aberfan disaster by psychiatrist John Barker who was fascinated by the concept of precognition, the purpose of the bureau was to collect premonitions before the events predicted actually happened. And of course to see if, indeed, they really would happen.

At the centre of this book is Barker himself — who I fell a little bit in love with — and key individuals who possessed an ability to see what was coming, namely a ballet teacher and a post office worker. When they warn Barker that his own life could be in danger, well, I was on the edge of my seat, almost falling off.

If you have any interest in the paranormal, the workings of the human mind and unconventional histories, you’re bound to love this gem of a non-fiction book ~ S

Let’s be honest, when Hilary Mantel is quoted on the back of a book I’m going to read it. The Premonitions Bureau is quite unlike any work of non fiction I have come across before & to say I read it quickly is an understatement, I don’t think I moved from beginning to end.

The paranormal has always been a fascination for me, the innate knowledge people have others explain by coincidence or a multitude of psychosomatic, religious or magical explanations. @samknightwriter takes this topic to another level, looking at the research into precognition that came from disaster.

This takes us into so many different fields, from aeronautical engineering, physics, space, psychiatry and the impact of mental health on people physically – can one be scared to death? I found the pages on patients being given placebo drugs particularly astonishing. This reads like a fast paced thriller, taking many different turns and though it is non fiction, Knight creates characters and places for the reader. A book a huge amount of people would find interesting. Buy it. ~ C

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