Lost and found
BBC History Magazine|July 2020
Lost and found
RICHARD SUGG delves into the murky depths of Britain’s social history with a book that dredges up the hidden stories of everything we have chucked away over the last 500 years
RICHARD SUGG

Rummage: A History of the Things We Have Reused, Recycled and Refused to Let Go by Emily Cockayne Profile, 400 pages, £16.99

Would you like to know the origins of the word ‘shoddy’, the phrases ‘breeze blocks’ and ‘taking the piss’, or the forgotten histories of the delicious neologisms ‘bonzoline’ and ‘kamptulicon’? Or learn how to make an eco-house powered by its own toilet? Then Rummage is the book for you. Since 2007, Emily Cockayne has been publishing richly intriguing alternative histories. And the latest may be her best yet – a kind of alternative history of everything in Britain across the past 500 years.

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July 2020