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To Live Outside the Law is the first insider account of the LSD conspiracy ended by Operation Julie, Britain's biggest drug bust. The book opens with Leaf Fielding's arrest in a pre-dawn police raid and ends five years later with his release from jail. The narrative moves back and forth between the harsh world of prison and his previous life - from a childhood at a brutal b To Live Outside the Law is the first insider account of the LSD conspiracy ended by Operation Julie, Britain's biggest drug bust. The book opens with Leaf Fielding's arrest in a pre-dawn police raid and ends five years later with his release from jail. The narrative moves back and forth between the harsh world of prison and his previous life - from a childhood at a brutal boarding school onto undergraduate days and his LSD epiphany in the summer of love, 1967. Acid transformed him in an instant from nerdy scholar to footloose freak. His ten years of adventures in the hippie underground gave the title to this book - a quote from a Bob Dylan song - they also took him across Europe, to the Andes, to Indochina and on to the edge of the known universe. They also led inexorably to his downfall.


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To Live Outside the Law is the first insider account of the LSD conspiracy ended by Operation Julie, Britain's biggest drug bust. The book opens with Leaf Fielding's arrest in a pre-dawn police raid and ends five years later with his release from jail. The narrative moves back and forth between the harsh world of prison and his previous life - from a childhood at a brutal b To Live Outside the Law is the first insider account of the LSD conspiracy ended by Operation Julie, Britain's biggest drug bust. The book opens with Leaf Fielding's arrest in a pre-dawn police raid and ends five years later with his release from jail. The narrative moves back and forth between the harsh world of prison and his previous life - from a childhood at a brutal boarding school onto undergraduate days and his LSD epiphany in the summer of love, 1967. Acid transformed him in an instant from nerdy scholar to footloose freak. His ten years of adventures in the hippie underground gave the title to this book - a quote from a Bob Dylan song - they also took him across Europe, to the Andes, to Indochina and on to the edge of the known universe. They also led inexorably to his downfall.

30 review for To Live Outside the Law: Caught by Operation Julie, Britain's Biggest Drugs Bust

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    My first LSD was made by this crew, changed my life for the better, thanks for that. A couple of the reviews for this book seem a bit unfair, maybe it helps if youv'e had a trip or two. The guy is not a writer, he's a tripper and manufacturer of LSD so give him a bit of slack. Taking this into account I really enjoyed this story, sure he's not Shakespear but who is. He is funny though, he tells us of police getting contact highs when handeling the stuff. Also while he was manufacturing the LSD h My first LSD was made by this crew, changed my life for the better, thanks for that. A couple of the reviews for this book seem a bit unfair, maybe it helps if youv'e had a trip or two. The guy is not a writer, he's a tripper and manufacturer of LSD so give him a bit of slack. Taking this into account I really enjoyed this story, sure he's not Shakespear but who is. He is funny though, he tells us of police getting contact highs when handeling the stuff. Also while he was manufacturing the LSD his glove tore and he ended up tripping out his skull, hilarious. It's also informative about things like the manufacture and distribution. All in all a good read from a guy who helped change the world for the better before the straights got a hold of him and his compatriots. Rock on

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hellier

    A good read from a drug dealer with morales - love them hippies!!!Would have only got 3 stars but added an extra one as he was from the DING and probably sold my dad acid back in the day.....Now. I am living with the consequences..a veggie patch rather than goalposts in the back garden......tie dye hand me downs from my brother..........the Jimi Hendrix fear etc. www.facebook.com/1000cutts come join the future... A good read from a drug dealer with morales - love them hippies!!!Would have only got 3 stars but added an extra one as he was from the DING and probably sold my dad acid back in the day.....Now. I am living with the consequences..a veggie patch rather than goalposts in the back garden......tie dye hand me downs from my brother..........the Jimi Hendrix fear etc. www.facebook.com/1000cutts come join the future...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Having read Operation Julie, it was clear having then read this book, that the author was not too keen on portraying the truth in his account of events and I found much of the book unbelievable and poorly written. I'm sure that if it had been written as it actually was, it would have been a far better read. Having read Operation Julie, it was clear having then read this book, that the author was not too keen on portraying the truth in his account of events and I found much of the book unbelievable and poorly written. I'm sure that if it had been written as it actually was, it would have been a far better read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Kenny

    Have to agree with Howard Marks - this book is fucking good

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael Bully

    Leaf Fielding strongly states the case for the Counter Culture. After a drab, repressed ,and unhappy, childhood, Leaf Fielding's youth coincided with the rise of hippies His account of beatnik type adventures are fun to read and the world travelogue is entertaining- it is easy to forget that such adventures in the late 1960's/early 1970's were not nearly so common as they are now. . And the 'globetrotting' contrasted with prison life makes the book an interesting read. However, much as Leaf Field Leaf Fielding strongly states the case for the Counter Culture. After a drab, repressed ,and unhappy, childhood, Leaf Fielding's youth coincided with the rise of hippies His account of beatnik type adventures are fun to read and the world travelogue is entertaining- it is easy to forget that such adventures in the late 1960's/early 1970's were not nearly so common as they are now. . And the 'globetrotting' contrasted with prison life makes the book an interesting read. However, much as Leaf Fielding comes as over as a very likeable chap with many qualities, the staggering naivety he displays is incredible at time. He seems to see taking acid as an almost a sacred duty, for humanity and the planet. but little mention about the 'breadhead' hippy capitalists who saw LSD manufacture simply as a way of making vast amounts of money. Or some of the more heavy criminals who got involved who were unmoved by idealism but cynically went along for greedy motives. Leaf also seems to play down the fact that bad trips can happen and have strong consequences. But an important edition to the books about Operation Julie and an important slice of counter culture history nevertheless.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andy Larter

    This book is a bit of a mish-mash of anecdotes about Leaf Fielding's travels, troubles with authority and experiences in the drug underground. Some of it is entertaining enough but I found it a little self-indulgent and even irritating at times. I could understand some of his motivation for doing what he did and he seems to be a forgiving, tolerant character. In the end, however, he seems to have been motivated by money. And easy money at that. The writing itself was of the Daily Mail exposé typ This book is a bit of a mish-mash of anecdotes about Leaf Fielding's travels, troubles with authority and experiences in the drug underground. Some of it is entertaining enough but I found it a little self-indulgent and even irritating at times. I could understand some of his motivation for doing what he did and he seems to be a forgiving, tolerant character. In the end, however, he seems to have been motivated by money. And easy money at that. The writing itself was of the Daily Mail exposé type. It was clear enough and I followed the narrative. I thought there were quite a few loose ends apart from the ones Fielding mentions at the end of the book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aled Owen-Thomas

    It's no Mr Nice but I found it a good read. It's no Mr Nice but I found it a good read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Really good read. It is more of a memoir of Fieldings life as a hippie in the 70's than a history of Operation Julie, but well worth a look. Really good read. It is more of a memoir of Fieldings life as a hippie in the 70's than a history of Operation Julie, but well worth a look.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Pain

    Mainly dull, self-indulgent and charmless. He frequently talks about some drug-addled acquaintance that could spin an amazing yarn. Shame he's not one of them. Mainly dull, self-indulgent and charmless. He frequently talks about some drug-addled acquaintance that could spin an amazing yarn. Shame he's not one of them.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    brilliant insight into one of the many players of the 60's/70's acid ring brilliant insight into one of the many players of the 60's/70's acid ring

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dave Bones

    Excellent! Really interesting story of the 70s lots of wisdom and valuable insight along the way.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Patafyzak

    Vivid description of hippie-life in england in the early 70s. Pageturner.

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