From a guide to Joburg's off-beat and lesser-known landmarks to popular blogger 2Summer's memoir on travelling through Gauteng for a year, here are three of the latest must-have books for the Joburg explorer.
One of Joburg's most popular blogs, Heather Mason's 2Summers blog is essential reading for those looking to uncover the city's weird and wonderful sights and attractions. In 2017 Heather launched the #Gauteng52 Challenge, challenging herself to visit a new place in the Gauteng Province every week and write a blog post about it. Now the #Gauteng52 Challenge has become a limited-edition book - part coffee table book, part guidebook, it is filled with Heather's beautiful photography and quirky stories about unusual local attractions. The book is on sale at Bridge Books' City Central and Maboneng stores. You can also order a copy online at bridgebooks.co.za.
Part of a global series by Jonglez Publishing that includes major world cities like New York, Paris, Rio and Istanbul, Secret Johannesburg, written by locals CL Bell and Lisa Johnston, is an indispensable guide to finding the weird and wonderful secret corners of this incredible city. Neatly divided by area, the book covers the city's oldest central neighbourhoods, the historic suburbs of Sophiatown, The Parks and Houghton as well as areas of Greater Johannesburg including Soweto, Alexandra and the sprawling northern suburbs beyond Sandton. Each secret sight is entertainingly detailed and the book is liberally sprinkled with amusing anecdotes and in-depth insights into the complexities of local history, tradition, folklore and culture, making for a fun read and a marvellous starting point for seeking out new adventures in the city. On sale at all good bookshops.
JOBURG THEN AND NOW
Telling the fascinating story of Joburg's advent from a mining town to an African metropolis, Johannesburg Then and Now, is both a time capsule of the past and a commentary on the present. With words by music business developer Marc Latilla and photography by Yeshiel Panchia, this intimate coffee table book features historic images of some of Joburg’s most famous buildings and spaces, juxtaposed alongside present-day shots of the same site captured using contemporary means of photography including drones. The side-by-side comparison chronicles the development of a single space over time and sparks a conversation on what Joburg’s spatial history reveals about politics, socio-economics and community. On sale at all good bookshops.