Lauren Fuge reviews 'The Story of Shit' by Midas Dekkers, translated by Nancy Forest-Flier

Lauren Fuge reviews 'The Story of Shit' by Midas Dekkers, translated by Nancy Forest-Flier

The Story of Shit

by Midas Dekkers, translated by Nancy Forest-Flier

Text Publishing, $32.99 pb, 293 pp, 9781925355178

‘People who write books about shit are regarded with suspicion,’ declares Dutch biologist and writer Midas Dekkers. But like the dung- beetle-worshipping ancient Egyptians before him, Dekkers understands a fundamental truth: ‘The world is round and held together by shit.’

In The Story of Shit, Dekkers yanks the discreetest moments of our lives out of the bathroom and into the spotlight. He sees defecation not as a shameful bodily function, but as an integral part of being human – something enjoyable and even enriching. From toilet etiquette around the world to the uses of faeces throughout history to the science of digestion, he isn’t afraid to muck in and get his hands dirty.

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Lauren Fuge

Lauren Fuge

Lauren Fuge is an Adelaide-based author and science writer. She received a degree in Creative Arts from Flinders University in 2013 and a degree in Experimental and Theoretical Physics from the University of Adelaide in 2016, and so comfortably straddles the perceived divide between arts and science. Lauren currently writes for Cosmos Magazine and Australia’s Science Channel, primarily covering physics and space news. She also edits for Lateral Magazine, runs an outreach project for the European Southern Observatory, and works for the Adelaide Planetarium. Her writing has previously been featured in The Best Australian Science Writing 2015. Her début novel, When Courage Came to Call, was published in 2010 by Random House Australia. She continues to write young adult fiction in her spare time, along with essays about travel, language, and culture.

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