Nechama Brodie

Dr Nechama Brodie has worked as a journalist, editor and publisher for nearly twenty-five years. During this time she has dodged the secret police in Burma, explored tunnels underneath Johannesburg, gotten dusty at rock festivals, and reported on the myth of ‘white genocide’ in South Africa.

Nechama works as a freelance reporter, based in Johannesburg, and has contributed to local and international titles including the Sunday Times, Mail & GuardianCity Press, the Hindustan Times, Wanted (the Business Day magazine), Marie ClaireELLE, Women’s Health and Men’s Health, VISI, TASTE, Smith Journal and the UK Guardian. 

Between 2013 and 2018 Nechama worked with independent fact-checking agency Africa Check, and launched the organisation’s training and research division TRI Facts. She has a PhD in journalism, and is an occasional lecturer and mentor at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Journalism and Media Studies.

Nechama is the editor/author of the critically acclaimed The Joburg Book (Pan Macmillan), a contemporary history of the city that was long-listed for the Alan Paton Award and has sold over 10 000 copies; and Inside Joburg (Pan Macmillan), a guide to the city’s most interesting spaces. Nechama’s best-selling history of the city of Cape Town, The Cape Town Book (Struik Travel and Heritage), was released in 2015.

Nechama is also the co-author of memoirs I Ran For My Life (Pan Macmillan), with best-selling musician Kabelo Mabalane, and Rule of Law (Pan Macmillan), with MP and former state prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach.

Nechama has published short fiction in the inaugural Short Sharp Stories Award anthology Bloody Satisfied (Burnet Media); written about Joburg’s past in My Joburg : Guide de la scène artistique (Fage editions); and worked on the updated edition of Maverick (Umuzi), a non-fiction history of extraordinary South African women with award-winning author Lauren Beukes.

Nechama’s first novel – a supernatural thriller called Knucklebone (Pan Macmillan) – was published in 2018 and was long-listed for the Barry Ronge Prize for South African fiction and short-listed for the Nommo Award for African speculative fiction. The sequel to Knucklebone will be published by Pan Macmillan in early 2020.

Nechama is currently completing a new non-fiction work on femicide in South Africa, based on her PhD research, which will be published by Kwela in 2020.

Nechama lives in Johannesburg with her two sons, a magnificent cat, an over-enthusiastic dog, three guitars, one piano, and too many books if there even is such a thing. Nechama is a part-time alt-folk musician and is (unrelated) a martial artist, holding a second dan in karate.

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