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A HISTORY OF OPIUM: LUCY INGLIS

Poppy tears, opium, heroin, fentanyl: humankind has been in thrall to the Milk of Paradise – as a hugely addictive bringer of sleep, pleasurable lethargy, relief from pain – for millennia. The story of heroin is a history of the world, from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America and Afghanistan, from Sanskrit to pop, from morphine to today’s synthetic opiates. In Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium, social historian Lucy Inglis provides an ambitious, wide-ranging and compelling tale of addiction, trade, crime, sex, war, literature, medicine and, above all, money, across the ages and the globe. She speaks with Tom Moody.

Sun, 17 May 2020

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