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Naked Lunch

The book is structured as a series of loosely connected vignettes. Burroughs stated that the chapters are intended to be read in any order. The reader follows the narration of junkie William Lee, who takes on various aliases, from the U.S. to Mexico, eventually to Tangier and the dreamlike Interzone.

The vignettes are drawn from Burroughs' own experiences in these places and his addiction to drugs (heroin, morphine, and while in Tangier, majoun [a strong hashish confection] as well as a German opioid, brand name Eukodol, of which he wrote frequently).

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Recommended by Andrew Lees, and 1 others.

Andrew LeesIn my book I explain how, after reading Naked Lunch, Burroughs and I drew up a Faustian pact. (Source)

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All 4 Novels & 56 Short Stories of the Sherlock Holmes Canon (including "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes") with More Than 480 Illustrations by Sidney Paget & Others

The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated) from Top Five Classics is the only fully illustrated, single-volume edition of the entire Sherlock Holmes Canon available, and features:

• All 4 novels and 56 short stories, including Arthur Conan Doyle's final 1927 collection, "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes"
• More than 480 captioned illustrations, including all 357 Holmes illustrations...

Michael DirdaIt really has a superbly eerie atmosphere. Most Sherlockians, if they had to pick just one story to represent the canon, would choose this one. (Source)

Douglas StarrIn a world beset by uncertainty and chaos and fear, it’s comforting to imagine there is someone out there who, with keen intelligence and a scientific method, can put things back in order, and make the world safe again. I think that’s part of Holmes’s enduring appeal. (Source)

Andrew LeesIt is often claimed that Holmes is the epitome of the rational, cold-blooded scientist but, in fact, most of his crimes are solved by backing his hunches and a fair amount of guesswork. (Source)

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The Naturalist on the River Amazons

This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic, timeless works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them. less
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Andrew LeesIn quiet moments I go back to it and read ten pages or so, following Bates on his long journey downriver. He describes a place of great beauty and splendour, a place to escape to. (Source)

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When Jonathan Taylor was eight his father began to act strangely. One day he suddenly couldn't remember his own daughter’s name, and he then began to shake, to drive badly, and to forget who and where he was. Increasingly Jonathan’s father would utter "help, help, help” repeatedly, even if no one was in the room. Doctors diagnosed Parkinson's disease and dementia, and for the next 13 years Jonathan and his family cared for his father. This is the darkly humorous and heart-wrenching story of a son's struggle for recognition from a father transformed mentally and physically by a ruinous... more
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Andrew LeesTaylor’s book is a sad but very human story that should be read by all aspiring neuroscientists. (Source)

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An Essay on the Shaking Palsy

Description Notice: This Book is published by Historical Books Limited ( as a Public Domain Book, if you have any inquiries, requests or need any help you can just send an email to This book is found as a public domain and free book based on various online catalogs, if you think there are any problems regard copyright issues please contact us immediately via less
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Andrew LeesThis is the first full medical description of Parkinson’s disease. James Parkinson was what was called a ‘surgeon apothecary.' (Source)

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