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    Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life (Paperback) By (author) Peter Brimblecombe, Contributions by Virginia Smith, Contributions by Brian Ralph, Contributions by Elizabeth Pisani, Contributions by Rose George, Contributions by Rosie Cox

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    DescriptionDirt - obsessively avoided, often misunderstood, but paradoxically also an indicator of 'civilisation' (through production of waste), and a near-magical source of renewable life and medical discovery. History is rich with progressive victories over dirt, from the aqueducts and sewers of the Roman Empire to Sir Joseph Bazalgette's triumphant 'Main Drainage of London' in the mid-nineteenth century, which still functions today. Yet our relationship with dirt is complex and ambivalent. Dirt is waste, excrement, rubbish - but what then is soil? Is cleanliness next to godliness - or sterility? And in a throwaway society, does the battle against dirt depend on an exploited and half-seen underclass of cleaners? Published to coincide with a major new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London in March 2011, and lavishly illustrated with images from the Wellcome's archives, this provocative book features specially commissioned essays and a short graphic novel section on the significance and implications of dirt from the microbial level through to the environmental.

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    The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Brimblecombe, Contributions by Virginia Smith, Contributions by Brian Ralph, Contributions by Elizabeth Pisani, Contributions by Rose George, Contributions by Rosie Cox
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 181 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 740 g
    ISBN 13: 9781846684791
    ISBN 10: 184668479X

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
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    BISAC V2.8: ART006000
    B&T General Subject: 431
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    Libri: I-AT
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI026000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27610
    LC classification: HN
    Abridged Dewey: 306
    BIC subject category V2: RNH
    DC22: 363.72
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, RNH
    Illustrations note
    col. Illustrations
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    17 April 2012
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    Author Information
    Virginia Smith is a freelance historian and research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Rosie Cox is a senior lecturer at Birkbeck College. Elizabeth Pisani is an epidemiologist. Rose George is a freelance writer. Peter Brimblecombe is professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of East Anglia. Brian Ralph is an illustrator and lecturer at the Maryland Institute of Art.
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    Excellent -- Paul Levy Wall Street Journal A thought-provoking read. -- Doug Johnstone Big Issue Enjoyable -- Christopher Hirst Independent This splendidly edited book activated both my inner child, fascinated with all that's revolting - and my social conscience. New Scientist Very accessible and copiously illustrated... the visual side is excellent -- Alastair Mabbott Herald