Nothing New: A History of Second-hand by 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.

Robyn Annear is the author of five books of history, including Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne, Nothing but Gold: The Diggers of 1852, A City Lost and FoundThe Man Who Lost Himself, and Fly a Rebel Flag.

You should check out Robyn’s marvellous podcast, Nothing on TV,  which, she says, “ransacks Trove Newspapers, the National Library of Australia’s online repository of digitised historical newsprint, to present stories from an era when there was – literally – nothing on TV.”
Find episodes here. Season 2 of Nothing on TV has just wound up. Catch up with the latest now.

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‘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.

Robyn Annear is the author of five books of history, including Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne, Nothing but Gold: The Diggers of 1852, A City Lost and FoundThe Man Who Lost Himself, and Fly a Rebel Flag.

You should check out Robyn’s marvellous podcast, Nothing on TV,  which, she says, “ransacks Trove Newspapers, the National Library of Australia’s online repository of digitised historical newsprint, to present stories from an era when there was – literally – nothing on TV.”
Find episodes here. Season 2 of Nothing on TV has just wound up. Catch up with the latest now.

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Weight 0.7 kg
Dimensions 15 × 22 × 2 cm

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