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Stuart Walton has written for the Observer and the Sunday Telegraph as well as for numerous magazines. He has been described by the Independent as the writer, with Irvine Welsh, who has done most to change our views on drugs.

His work includes a widely acclaimed cultural history of drink and drugs (now published for the first time in ebook format as Intoxicology), A Natural History of Human Emotions, and In The Realm of the Senses: A Materialist Theory of Seeing and Feeling. His work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Russian, Chinese and Korean.

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‘I love Walton’s work for its deftness in combining high culture with demotic allusions. Michael Douglas, the Simpsons and Dolly Parton jostle Schopenhauer, Sophocles and Adorno in his pages.’ Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, The Times

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‘Like any good cocktail, this book brings together tasty ingredients in a delicious mix.’ Boston Herald

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