Rag and Bone

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

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 02/07/2020
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'A really important book' RAYNOR WINNFrom relics of Georgian empire-building and slave-trading, through Victorian London's barged-out refuse to 1980s fly-tipping and the pervasiveness of present-day plastics, Rag and Bone traces the story of our rubbish, and, through it, our history of consumption.In a series of beachcombing and mudlarking walks - beginning in the Thames in central London, then out to the Kentish estuary and eventually the sea around Cornwall - Lisa Woollett also tells the story of her family, a number of whom made their living from London's waste, and who made a similar journey downriver from the centre of the city to the sea.A beautifully written but urgent mixture of social history, family memoir and nature writing, Rag and Bone is a book about what we can learn from what we've thrown away - and a call to think more about what we leave behind.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781473663961
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 400g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 142 x 28 mm

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I heard the author, Lisa Woollett, being interviewed on Radio 4 and discussing her book on Saturday morning last week. I knew I had to read this. I placed... READ MORE
Richard Macan-Lind
Rag and Bone
An evocative family history and personal odyssey
I've met Lisa several times, and her enthusiasm and dedication to the topics raised in this book shine though in her prose, just as in real life. When I s... READ MORE
Lois Wakeman