Lucy Lethbridge

Waste Not, Want Not

Rummage: A History of the Things We Have Reused, Recycled and Refused to Let Go

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Profile 387pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

Rag and Bone: A Family History of What We’ve Thrown Away

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John Murray 240pp £20 order from our bookshop
 

The word rummage, with all its pleasurable connotations of chance, lucky dip and thrift, couldn’t be bettered as a title for Emily Cockayne’s new book. Both intricately and widely researched, the big picture always illustrated with the telling detail, it is a fascinating historical compendium of the cumbersome detritus of everyday life and how we dispose of it, reuse it and manage it.

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