Ever since Sam Knight started writing for the new yorker from London in 2014, he was blessed (or cursed) with a number of turning scandals, public health crises and political fiascos to cover. Boris Johnson’s breaches covid the quarantine, known in the tabloids as Partygate, dominated UK headlines and, at least for a time, sparked rumors that the Prime Minister could enter that condition known as ‘spending more time with his family. Knight’s articles on this and Johnson’s other encounters with the banana peel always give deep and insightful examinations of the British condition.
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As Knight prepares for the release of his first book, “The Premonitions Bureau,” on Tuesday, we bring you a selection of his reporting. In ‘The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson’, Knight portrays the embattled politician a month before his ascension to 10 Downing Street. In “Britain’s Idyllic Country Homes Reveal a Darker History”, he examines the nerve that connects the nation’s aristocratic estates and its colonial past. In “The Psychiatrist Who Believed People Could Tell the Future,” the play that inspired his new book, Knight explores an intriguing mystery about self-fulfilling prophecies. Finally, in ‘Reading about the Black Death with my daughter during the coronavirus outbreak’, he offers a poignant look at how his family (and the British people) navigated the early days after the pandemic arrived in Europe. “Yesterday morning, I dropped off my daughter at the school gates. There was the usual group of families waiting,” he wrote. “’Are we going to run through the crowd?’ asked my daughter. I shook my head. »
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