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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135904
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2.1 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...strangely fascinating.'

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Sally Magnusson is one of British broadcasting’s most familiar faces and voices. An award-winning journalist and writer, she presents Songs of Praise, anchors the Scottish news programme Reporting Scotland and reports occasionally for Panorama. She also hosts Radio 4’s Tracing Your Roots and Radio Scotland’s Sally on Saturday.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lutra on 25 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
I began by selecting an entry at random and ended up reading this in full. I suspect many other readers will become similarly hooked. It is fascinating: witty and erudite and thought-provoking. I have resurfaced with many anecdotes (Warhol, and Marilyn Monroe, and Churchill) that I am sure I will be retelling throughout the party season. The book is also quite right that we should be thinking more seriously about why we are sniffy about waste products, when we should be much more socially alarmed by the consequence of wasting them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Glovebox on 16 Nov 2010
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Interesting, humorous, enjoyable and strongly recommended. The Life of Pee is a fun book, bursting with peculiar facts and witty anecdotes, all delivered simply and eloquently by the author. Who ever knew a book about pee could be so interesting!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dotty on 26 Dec 2010
Format: Hardcover
A fascinating book but unfortunately the print size is very small so I could only read it in a bright light and my husband couldn't read it at all.

The book is written in chapters in alphabetical order so can be dipped into rather than read at one sitting. It is packed with information that you long to pass on to someone else. Don't become a pee bore. Buy the book and then send it on to someonelse as a POOK book (Pass On Or Keep). When you meet you can exchange favourite pee facts. However, despite many, many references to the benefits of drinking your own pee I have decided to stick with orange juice in the morning.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Some Bloke on 6 Mar 2011
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The subject is a taboo, and discussions of urine tend to be either scientific or juvenile. This is neither, and the result is a fascinating book.

Running A-Z style through a collection of anecdotes and historical revelations, the book brings together a spectrum of stories about urine. The value of this 'waste product' is undeniable as it has proved vital as a fertiliser, in the textile industry, making bricks for war refugees in water scarce areas and so many other ways. It makes a good case for being of medical value. Then there are the historical stories: often quirky, generally thought provoking.

This book IS funny, but it's also interesting. I also dare to believe that it makes a point: our whingy aversion to is as an unclean substance has unfairly made urine a taboo, and we could nd should be using this terrific stuff better. In years gone by, a cart would trundle down the street and we would empty our bed pans to enable industries to proceed. Should those days return?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tweedledum on 13 April 2013
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What a glorious celebration of an aspect of being human we prefer to ignore unless or until something goes wrong. It seems our forebears were far more cognisant than us about the importance and value of urine. Having been obliged to measure my output daily for the benefit of numerous medics recently, this book proved a welcome tonic. Hopefully no one is going to ask me to start drinking the stuff anytime soon!
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The A - Zee of Pee... yes,Urine. Who would have believed it was so rich in substance and found recycled in so many ways and in so many places? Highly recommended if you're not one of those who is afraid of taboo...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Firstclass Stamp on 1 Jan 2013
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I am not a reader of non-fiction but this book is wonderful. I found myself fascinated by the history of pee usage, the role it has played in clothing, skin care, health care and so much more. It is tongue-in-cheek but never tasteless! In its a-z format it is a book to dip in and out of, possibly to be kept in the most appropriate room while you do so. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it as an interesting social history with a difference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DhO on 22 Nov 2013
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this is the sort of stuff I find fascinating and great for just dipping into as well as a reference tool
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