Thoughtful Gifts for Curious People

The Premonitions Bureau


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You think of a forgotten friend and then, out of the blue, they call. It happens all the time.
But what if you knew that something dreadful was going to happen? A sudden flash, the words 'Charing Cross'. Four days later, a packed train comes off the rails outside the station. What if you could share your vision, and stop that train? Could these forebodings help to prevent disasters?

In 1966, John Barker, a psychiatrist working in an outdated British mental hospital, established the Premonitions Bureau to investigate these questions. He found 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.

Hardback, 256 pages.