The Joburg Book
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
“More than a history book and more than a guide…”
– Laurice Taitz, todoinjoburg.co.za
“Until Nechama [Brodie]’s The Joburg Book came along, there was to me a real lack of memorialising the city, celebrating the city, and documenting the city, in fact. I know there were people doing stuff, there was stuff going on, but generally in the mainstream there just seemed to me to be a lack of it, and I was struck by that, you know — the greatest city in Africa, effectively. And we’re not remembering it.”
– Hermann Niebuhr, artist
“Every self-respecting Johannesburg aficionado already has a copy of Nechama Brodie’s The Joburg Book gracing their coffee table or bookshelf. It revolutionised the way many residents viewed their city and suburbs by offering an authoritative background to the founding and development of the City of Gold we know today.”
– Getaway magazine
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.