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    DescriptionProduced behind closed doors, disposed of discreetly, hidden by euphemism, excrement is rarely out in the open in 'civilised' society, but the world of waste - and the people who deal with it, work with it and in it - is a rich one. This book takes us underground to the sewers of Paris and London and overground, to meet the heroes of India's sanitation movement, the Japanese genius at the cutting edge of toilet technology, and the biosolids lobbying team. With a journalist's nose for a story, and a campaigner's desire for change, Rose George also addresses the politics of this under-reported social and environmental effluent, and the consequences of our reluctance to talk about it. Witty, serious and original, "The Big Necessity" proves that excrement doesn't have to be - and shouldn't be - a dirty word.

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    The Big Necessity
    Adventures in the World of Human Waste
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rose George
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 441 g
    ISBN 13: 9781846270697
    ISBN 10: 1846270693

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.5
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: WTL, JFF, MBNH
    BISAC V2.8: SCI026000, TEC010020
    BIC subject category V2: TQSR1
    DC22: 306.4613
    Thema V1.0: JBF, MBNH, WTL, TQSR
    Illustrations note
    Imprint name
    Portobello Books Ltd
    Publication date
    01 September 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    ROSE GEORGE is a freelance writer and journalist whose first book, A Life Removed: Hunting for Refuge in the Modern World, was long-listed for the Ulysses Reportage Prize. She contributes regularly to the LRB, Guardian, Independent and others. She has reported on Saddam Hussein's birthday party, Afghan beauty salons and the alternative world cup final between Bhutan and Montserrat.
    Review quote
    "'Few are the writers brave and bold enough to take on so difficult - but so endlessly fascinating - a topic as the story of human waste. Rose George has risen to this particular challenge, and her book, like a literary treatment farm, turns the completely unpalatable into something utterly irresistible.' Simon Winchester"