The epic history of consumption, and the goods that have transformed our lives over the past 600 years.
We are what we consume. From Renaissance Italy and late Ming China to today's shoppers, this is the epic history of the things that have seduced, enriched and unsettled our lives over the centuries - showing that rampant consumption is a truly global phenomenon, with a much longer history than we realize.
“A masterpiece of historical research but also, much more importantly, a delight to read . . . a rare and beautiful thing”
Gerard DeGroot, The Times
“I read Empire Of Things with unflagging fascination . . . elegant, adventurous and colourful . . . gleefully provocative”
John Preston, Daily Mail
“Such a pleasure to read . . . From Victorian department stores to modernist kitchens, his book revels in the things that most historians tend to overlook”
Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
“Fascinating. You can't not learn something new here . . . [An] epic tale”