Big Necessity - Rose George (Paperback)

Adventures in the World of Human Waste

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Takes us underground to the sewers of NYC and London and overground, to meet the heroes of India's sanitation movement, American sewage schoolteachers, the Japanese genius of toilet technology, and the biosolids lobbying team. This title also proves that shit doesn't have to be a dirty word.

Product Details

Barcode
9781846270703
Department
Books
Released
6 Jul 2009
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Rose George
Subtitle
Adventures in the World of Human Waste
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Granta Books
Edition
New ed
Language
English
Number of Pages
272
Dimensions
198 x 130 x 22mm (248g)

Annotation

Rose George confronts the last taboo and takes us on an unprecedented tour through a world knee-deep in pestilential sewage - the most significant global issue about which few talk or think.

Summary

Description Produced behind closed doors, disposed of discreetly, hidden by euphemism, shit 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 NYC and London and overground, to meet the heroes of India's sanitation movement, American sewage schoolteachers, the Japanese genius at the cutting edge of toilet technology, and the biosolids lobbying team. With a journalist's nose for 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 and original, "The Big Necessity" proves that shit doesn't have to be a dirty word.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Environmental Issues
BISAC Subject 1
Science / Environmental Science (see also Chemistry / Environmental)
BISAC Subject 2
Technology & Engineering / Environmental / Waste Management
BIC Classification 1
Cultural studies
BIC Classification 2
Family & health
Dewey Classification
306.4613
Readership
General (US: Trade)

Author Bio

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.