Annear is probably still best known for her much-loved account of early Melbourne, Bearbrass, now reprinted in a tenth anniversary edition.
Bearbrass is unashamedly nostalgic, yearning for a wilder, more dangerous city lurking beneath sedate modernity.
Yet A City Lost and Found nicely complements Bearbrass, even as it develops a more nuanced attitude to development.
In 1995, Annear concluded Bearbrass with the mournful: 'It seems to me as if Melbourne is losing its heart'.
If Bearbrass is the story of a town becoming settled, Annear's A City Lost and Found is about it remaining perpetually unsettled--to borrow a nice phrase from Kim Dovey's Fluid City.