Friday, December 3, 2010

Life of Pee: Sally Magnusson writes a book about urine

Life of Pee: Sally Magnusson writes a book about urine

Scottish broadcaster Sally Magnusson has written a book about urine. "Life of Pee". The Story of How Pee Got Everywhere has some interesting facts about urine and the benefits it can have in modern society.

The link below will take you to the video interview she did with STV in Scotland.

About the book from

Alchemists sought gold in it. David Bowie refrigerated it to ward off evil. In the trenches of Ypres soldiers used it as a gas mask, whereas modern-day terrorists add it to home-made explosives. All the Fullers, Tuckers and Walkers in the phonebook owe their names to it, and in 1969 four bags of it were left on the surface of the moon. Bought and sold, traded and transported, even carried to work in jugs, urine has made bread rise, beer foam and given us gunpowder, stained glass, Robin Hood's tights and Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring. And we do produce an awful lot of it. Humans alone make almost enough to replace the entire contents of Loch Lomond every year. Add the incalculable volume contributed by the rest of the animal kingdom and it might soon displace a small ocean. No wonder it gets everywhere. In Life of Pee Sally Magnusson unveils the secret history of civilisation's most unsavoury and unsung hero, and discovers how our urine footprint is just as indelible as our carbon one.

About the author:

Sally Magnusson, daughter of Mastermind's Magnus, is one of British broadcasting's most familiar faces and voices. Best-known for Songs of Praise, which she joined in 1984, she is also an award-winning writer and journalist and reports for Panorama, anchors Scottish news programme Reporting Scotland, presents Radio 4's Tracing Your Roots and is the host of Radio Scotland's popular magazine programme Sally on Sunday.

Visit Amazon's UK site to read up on the book. 


STV. 2010. "Life of Pee: Sally Magnusson writes a book about urine". STV. Posted: November 15, 2010. Available online:

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