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  • Pollan is always an entertaining writer, and a deep thinker with a light touch ... it's a trip - engrossing, eye-opening, mind altering.

    Sophie McBain, New Statesman
  • This fascinating insight into our relationship with mind-altering plants weaves personal experimentation with cultural history ... Pollan is the perfect guide through this sometimes controversial territory; curious, careful and, as his book progresses, increasingly open minded.

    Tim Adams, The Guardian
  • Expert storytelling ... Pollan masterfully elevates a series of big questions about drugs, plants and humans that are likely to leave readers thinking in new ways.

    Rob Dunn, New York Times Book Review
  • Brilliant, compulsively readable ... Pollan's storytelling is deft, forthright and fascinating.

    Charles Foster, The Oldie
  • Like it or not, we are undergoing a drugs revolution ... thankfully Pollan is here to guide us through this putative challenge ... [this] relatable, middle class New York plant fancier might be the ideal standard bearer for today's calmer, more scientific approach to the subject.

    Josh Glancy, Sunday Times
  • Pollan's intertwining of reportage, citizen science and historical scholarship is a delightful and informative read ... [he] has a rational optimism that might tempt even the most sober and sceptical to try to broaden their horizons.

    AJ Lees, Literary Review
  • Pollan is a gentle, generous writer.

    David Aaronovitch, The Times
  • Michael Pollan weaves tales of drug experimentation into a historical account of our long relationship with them.

    Simon Ings, New Scientist
  • This Is Your Mind on Plants is witty, entertaining and polite, but it is not trivial. Subtly but assuredly, Pollan argues that which plants (and fungi) we are allowed and how depends, consciously or otherwise, on the interests of power.

    Josh Raymond, Times Literary Supplement
  • The descriptions of London's coffee house culture and Honoré de Balzac's barbarous habit of ingesting dry coffee grounds to fuel all-night scribbling sessions are worth the book's price alone ... The book is really about the relation between each plant and the humans who consume it, tackled in a non-judgmental and objective way that seeks to dispel the ignorance, prejudice and demonisation they attract.

    Financial Times

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