“mysteries of clairvoyance” – The Premonitions Bureau by Sam Knight review in the Financial Times

“Knight, a British writer for The New Yorker and former contributor to the FT Weekend magazine, spins a story that propels the reader gently but firmly to its ordained conclusion. Knight describes the case studies in a book edited by a colleague of Barker as possessing “a fable-like, poetic quality” and that is the tone of The Premonitions Bureau.

Much of it is in the telling. Knight’s amused scrutiny of postwar Britain, from sensational Fleet Street to rundown Victorian asylums filled with abandoned patients, layers detail on small detail to paint a powerful canvas. He immerses readers in the shadows of the Swinging Sixties, when all kinds of social experiments were breaking out.”

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