Cape Town, the ‘Mother City’. A metropolis with a 100 000-year history of human habitation. A landscape dominated by the mountain and the sea, transformed by centuries of colonisation and decades of apartheid… The Cape Town Book (Struik Travel & Heritage) presents a fresh picture of South Africa’s first city, weaving together its places and the stories of all the people who live in it.
An exceptional memoir from the self-proclaimed ‘pantsula for life’, bad-boy kwaito singer, recovered drug addict, and now eight-time Comrades Marathoner Kabelo Mabalane.
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From ancient rivers filled with gold and deep-impact meteorites, through the dark decades of Apartheid and beyond the fragile transition into democracy, The Joburg Book (Pan Macmillan) captures the city’s often uneasy relationship with its past and its future, exploring the history of the city of gold through its geography and its communities. The Joburg Book includes hundreds of historical photos, local area maps, and places of interest. The Joburg Book has sold over 10 000 copies. A revised and expanded edition of the book was released in 2014.
Nechama Brodie’s fine pop-culture history of the city, The Joburg Book, became my bible …’ – Lauren Beukes
Inside Joburg (Pan Macmillan) is a pocket guide to the history and heritage of the city of Johannesburg that takes the reader – resident or visitor – on a journey through the city’s spaces, from its geography and history through to recommended places to shop, eat and relax.
“Even though I understood that the city was the economic hub of the country and was draped in colourful history, I could never see this beauty. Until I read Brodie’s guide to the city, that is.”
– Daily News
“… it’s perfect for the visitor and resident alike to carry around while visiting Joburg’s many interesting things to see and do.”
– Lucille Davie, Joburg.org
Edited by Joanne Hichens, Bloody Satisfied (Burnet Media) is an anthology of South African crime-thriller short stories – the first of the Short Sharp Stories award annual short story anthologies. Nechama Brodie’s unusual crime-and-magic story, “Feet of Clay”, was highly commended by the judging panel.