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Nothing New

Nothing New: A History of Second-hand

Robyn Annear

‘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.

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Robyn Annear
About the Author

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.

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Extent:
304pp
Format:
Hardback
Text publication date:
5 November 2019
ISBN:
9781922268303
AU Price:
$29.99
NZ Price:
$37.00
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Praise for Robyn Annear
andNothing New

‘Enchanting…this book, like any good whodunit, rewards rereading.’

‘A ripping yarn with more twists and turns than a funfair hall of mirrors.’

‘[An] entertaining and insightful history…this book is a veritable treasure trove.‘

‘A comprehensive history lightened by quirky details and fascinating trivia’

‘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.‘

‘[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.’

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  • Nothing New
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    ISBN: 9781925923018
    5 November 2019
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