What better defines a city than its street corners? A corner gives you a starting point, a destination and a place to turn. It’s furnished with pillar boxes, newsstands and tram stops, and lamp-posts for light and lounging. Where would you be likeliest to find a pub? At the corner, of course. And who better than Robyn Annear to usher you around the corners of Melbourne, and reveal their bizarre, baroque and mostly forgotten stories?
In this (appropriately corner-shaped) book she will introduce you to:
…and, of course, the civic reprobates who discarded orange peel in the streets, to the endangerment of life and limb.
Robyn Annear’s books include Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne, Nothing but Gold: The Diggers of 1852, Nothing New: A History of Second-hand and Adrift in Melbourne. Her podcast ‘Nothing on TV’ presents stories from Trove historical newspapers. Robyn also appeared in the popular 2022 documentary, The Lost City of Melbourne.
‘Annear tackles her sprawling subject matter with her trademark wit and her knack for singling out the perfect historical reference.’ Age
‘An unexpected delight. Annear writes history with a smile but with a deadly acerbic stare…On this tour of Melbourne we are in the best possible hands.’ Saturday Paper
INTERVIEWS and REVIEWS
3CR: Published or Not
3MP: Great Australian Lives
3RRR: Breakfasters (2:42:00)
ABC Listen: Melbourne Evenings (1:07:30)
ABC Radio National: Late Night Live
Good Reading: The Corners of Melbourne with Robyn Annear
PMI Victorian History Library blog
Pulse 94.7: The Blurb ( 0:35:30)
Readings: Decent people, a leering myna, and an unexpected inheritance (op-ed)
‘Corners of Melbourne is overflowing with encounters. These are evoked with gusto and brilliance and a depth of understanding of the zeitgeist of the time…Anyone with a love of history or an interest in Melbourne will find this book enthralling.’
‘What a breath of fresh air! [Robyn Annear’s] anecdotes and case histories gave me the feeling she was spinning yarns at a bar, or a campfire…Corners of Melbourne was thoughtfully collated and gave me a sense of what I might encounter walking the early streets of Melbourne as it was expanding and developing into the city I now call home.’