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Mushroom Season
  • Published: 30 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781473511590
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 16

Mushroom Season



Mind-bending wonder, psychedelic surf-board, or most misunderstood fungus? Nina Lyon runs the gamut of the magic mushroom.

'Mushroom Season' is a ramble through magic mushrooms, mountains and metaphysics. After heavy sanctions relegated their use to a spell in the stoner wilderness, are psilocybin mushrooms about to help reframe important social and philosophical debates about our minds, and ourselves?

Where do they grow? What do they do to our brains? And why are they eschewed by the bourgois? Nina Lyon introduces us to Liberty Caps and Fly Agarics, the characters she encountered as a student tripper and the differences between home-grown hallucinogens and Mexican export.

Among the anecdotes and observations are chemical facts, etymological revelations and philosophical speculation. Why are mushrooms subject to social stigma? What are the good effects they might have on us? And how does illegalisation damage a culture of free-thinking and experiment? Taking apart the teenage clichés and middle-class prejudice associated with the drug, Nina Lyon provides a wonderfully entertaining history of the magic mushroom.

  • Published: 30 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781473511590
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 16

About the author

Nina Lyon

Nina Lyon grew up in London, was educated at UCL, and spent her formative years going to lots of raves and thinking too much about them. She has worked in a therapeutic community, has helped run a philosophy festival and lives up a hill near Hay-on-Wye with her two children. She is a PhD student at Cardiff University and writes about nonsense and metaphysics.

Praise for Mushroom Season

A piece that takes the reader on a fascinating journey into sociology, chemistry and anthropology

Caroline Daniel, Financial Times

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