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Nothing New

A History of Second-hand

Robyn Annear



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Text Publishing Company
05 November 2019
Robyn Annear lends her signature wit to this fantastic history of second-hand- from the origins of the op shop to eBay, up-cycling and how new became normal.

'Given the way we live now,' writes Robyn Annear, 'it would be easy to suppose that newness has always been venerated.' But as this wonderfully entertaining short history makes clear, modern consumerism is an aberration. Mostly, everyday objects-from cast-off cookware to clothing worn down to rags-have enjoyed long lives and the appreciation of serial owners.

Nothing New is itself an emporium- a treasure store of anecdotes and little-known facts that will intrigue and enlighten the devoted bargain-hunter and the dilettante browser alike.
By:   Robyn Annear
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 147mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   435g
ISBN:   9781922268303
ISBN 10:   1922268305
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   05 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robyn Annear is the author of five books of history, including Bearbrass- Imagining Early Melbourne and Nothing but Gold- The Diggers of 1852. Her podcast 'Nothing on TV' presents stories from Trove historical newspapers.

Reviews for Nothing New: A History of Second-hand

'A ripping yarn with more twists and turns than a funfair hall of mirrors.' * Herald Sun (on 'The Man Who Lost Himself') * 'Enchanting...this book, like any good whodunit, rewards rereading.' * Age (on 'The Man Who Lost Himself') * '[An] entertaining and insightful history...this book is a veritable treasure trove.' * Books+Publishing * 'A comprehensive history lightened by quirky details and fascinating trivia' * ANZ LitLovers * 'Entrancing...[Robyn Annear's] interest in cast-off clothes and other possessions is personal and passionate, and she gently, deliciously guides the reader through the history of second-hand.' * Australian * '[Nothing New] is Robyn's adventure into our pre-loved past, a crate-crawl through public records. Rather than writing a history of who's who, Annear goes underground to tabulate what was what, and how much it cost. Curling tongs and grape scissors, ivory fans and ormolu clocks - the book is a flotsam inventory, complete with quirky stories, and old words in a new light.' * Age/SMH * '[A] light, engaging read that anyone with an interest in history and a nose for a bargain will enjoy.' * Junk Map * 'Annear tackles her sprawling subject matter with her trademark wit and her knack for singling out the perfect historical reference. Nothing New is one of those books that will annoy the hell out of anyone who isn't actually reading it because you can't help but blurt out, ''Listen to this bit''.' * Age * 'Robyn Annear makes the saga of re-used, preloved, recycled trash and treasure an enriching, entertaining, addictive read.' * SA Weekend (starred review) *

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