Book Of The Week


I have never been one to read in the toilet but my attention was grabbed by a new book this week which might be appropriately housed in the smallest room. Issued by Lonely Planet it is called Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide and is a celebration of some of the world’s best and most picturesque karseys, featuring examples from the Americas to Zambia.

The 128 page book features over 100 conveniences, some boasting stunning views, some hanging on precariously to the mountain side and some boasting top notch facilities. My favourite is the somewhat rickety toilet in Haida Gwaii in British Columbia which boasts an automatic flush powered by the moon, closely followed by the outdoors facility on Mount Shukshan in Washington State. What it lacks in privacy it more than makes up for in the view from the throne.

Who knows, the book may prompt some enterprising souls to plan a holiday with a difference!

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