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What goes in, must come out, and as soon as humans ceased to be hunter-gatherers and settled with their families and livestock into static communities, both ends needed sustainable attention. Dung from an array of sources - man, horse, blackbird, pigeon and the Beast of Paeonia - has fuelled economies, superstitions and rich rewards. In this engaging, entertaining and attractively illustrated book, Caroline Holmes explores the timeless history and architecture of dung, the product from its human, animal, bird, fish and fowl sources, the cunning devices invented for dung's effective harvest and, finally, the old adage 'where there's muck there's brass'. From successful gardeners reaping the rewards of hot beds, to farmers folding, penning and spreading for bumper harvests, Victorian millionaire guano dealers, and modern entrepreneurs producing dung-powered electricity and elephant dung paper, dung has been an extremely lucrative business. This book celebrates the worldwide testimonies to the power of dung from the humble paddy field, the cucumber frame and the moated manor to elegant pigeon towers and four-seater Georgian privies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750940511
ISBN-10: 0750940514
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x 10mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Caroline Holmes

Caroline Holmes is a garden historian and a consultant, designer, lecturer and broadcaster worldwide. She is also a tutor on the panel of Cambridge and Essex Universities, and at the English Gardening School. Her books include New Shoots, Old Tips, Monet at Giverny, Icons of Garden Design and Victorian Gardens and she writes for BBC Gardener's World, The Garden, Gardens Monthly and BBC Good Food Magazine. She lives in Suffolk

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