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The premonitions bureau : a true account of death foretold / Sam Knight.

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  • ISBN: 9781984879592
  • ISBN: 1984879596
  • Physical Description: 249 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2022.

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"On the morning of October 21, 1966, Kathleen Middleton, a music teacher in suburban London, awoke choking and gasping, convinced disaster was about to strike. An hour later, a mountain of rubble containing waste from a coal mine collapsed above the village of Aberfan, swamping buildings and killing 144 people, many of them children. Among the doctors and emergency workers who arrived on the scene was John Barker, a psychiatrist from Shelton Hospital, in Shrewsbury. At Aberfan, Barker became convinced there had been supernatural warning signs of the disaster, and decided to establish a "premonitions bureau," in conjunction with the Evening Standard newspaper, to collect dreams and forebodings from the public, in the hope of preventing future calamities. Middleton was one of hundreds of seemingly normal people, who would contribute their visions to Barker's research in the years to come, some of them unnervingly accurate. As Barker's work plunged him deeper into the occult, his reputation suffered. But in the face of professional humiliation, Barker only became more determined, ultimately realizing with terrible certainty that catastrophe had been prophesied in his own life. In Sam Knight's crystalline telling, this astonishing true story comes to encompass the secrets of the world. We all know premonitions are impossible-and yet they come true all the time. Our lives are full of collisions and coincidence: the question is how we perceive these implausible events and therefore make meaning in our lives. The Premonitions Bureau is an enthralling account of madness and wonder, of science and the supernatural. With an unforgettable ending, it is a mysterious journey into the most unsettling reaches of the human mind"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Precognition > Great Britain > History > 20th century.
Parapsychology > Investigation > Great Britain > History > 20th century.
Aberfan Disaster, Aberfan, Wales, 1966.
Barker, John, -1968.
Occultism > Great Britain.
Précognition > Grande-Bretagne > Histoire > 20e siècle.
Parapsychologie > Enquêtes > Grande-Bretagne > Histoire > 20e siècle.
Occultisme > Grande-Bretagne.
Parapsychology > Investigation.
Great Britain.
Wales > Aberfan.
Genre: History.