Authors’ Club Lunch with Sam Knight
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The story of a strange experiment – a journey into the oddest corners of 60s 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In 1966, John Barker, a dynamic psychiatrist working in an outdated British mental hospital, established the Premonitions Bureau to investigate these questions.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.
Sam Knight is a British journalist who has covered subjects such the plans for the death of the Queen, sandwiches and late capitalism, art fraud; plus profiles of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Jeremy Corbyn, and Theresa May. His work for the Long Read section of the Guardian and for The New Yorker has become influential and wildly shared. ‘London Bridge is Down’, published in 2017, was viewed 4 million times and remains the most popular Guardian long read ever published. Knight, a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2018, has won two Foreign Press Association awards and was shortlisted for the 2018 Orwell Prize for political writing.
The Premonitions Bureau
*A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**
‘A stunning piece of work’ Patrick Radden Keefe
‘Beautifully ordered, humane, capacious’ Hilary Mantel
‘An eerie and amazing account of coincidence and fate’ Emma Cline
‘Completely interesting and beautifully written’ Anil Seth
The two-course lunch starting at 12:30pm followed by coffee and mints costs £32.50 Please book early and inform the club of any dietary requirements.
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