Take Me to the Source: In Search of Water

Take Me to the Source: In Search of Water


By (author) Rupert Wright


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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 26mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 4 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099512289
  • ISBN 13: 9780099512288
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 550,991

Product description

Colourless, tasteless, odourless, ageless: water is both the simplest thing on earth and the most complex. We cannot live without it yet it kills six thousand children a day. It is the ultimate renewable resource but we pollute it without thinking twice. Why, if water is so valuable does nobody want to pay for it unless it comes in a designer bottle? Is it really the oil of the twenty-first century? Will we all soon be fighting over it, or can it lead countries into co-operation rather than conflict? In this enthralling voyage of discovery, Rupert Wright sets out to discover exactly what water is and why it plays such an important role in history, culture, art and literature. Part reportage and part personal journey, Take Me to the Source is the fascinating story of the substance that makes life on earth possible.

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Author information

Rupert Wright has been a journalist for more than twenty years, writing for publications including the Financial Times, the Washington Post and the European. He has also worked for the World Bank and with the United Nation's Betterworld Fund, co-ordinating a programme of workshops from Bangladesh to Brazil. He is the author of Notes from the Languedoc and lives with his family in France.

Review quote

"It is to Wright's credit that that he manages to introduce so many ideas without his writing sounding glib or strained" Daily Telegraph "Splendid omnium gatherum of water science, art and lore ... Wright's 10 commandments for water projects should be required reading for all engaged with water governance" -- Giles Foden Guardian "An optimistic read in these ecologically-troubled times" Financial Times "An entertaining tour of the world of water" Times Literary Supplement "Superb book" -- Alexandra Masters Observer