Mikhael Subotzky - Ponte City from Yeoville Ridge 2008

(Photograph by Mikhael Subotzky)

I recently gave a talk about Johannesburg at Recylart in Brussels, a very cool cultural programme that takes place in train stations, transforming them, like Cinderella, from dull commuter thoroughfares into very cool urban nightlife venues.

I included a recommended reading list and several people asked me to post it online, so here it is, with invaluable suggestions from Ben Williams, books editor at The Sunday Times.

    • Portrait With Keys  – Ivan Vladislavic
    • Room 207 – Kgebetli Moele
    • This Is Our Hillbrow – Phaswane Mphe
    • Zoo City – Lauren Beukes (had to include this one)
    • Triomf – Marlene van Niekerk
    • Cape Town, Joburg, London – Zukiswa Wanner
    • After Tears – Niq Mhlongo
    • The Beggar’s Signwriters – Louis Greenberg
    • The Mall, The Ward and The New Girl – SL Grey
    • The Joburg Book (non-fiction) – edited by Nechama Brodie
    • Lost and Found in Johannesburg by Mark Gevisser (non-fiction)
    • Emily Green & Me by Kathryn White
    • Red Ink by Angela Makholwa
    • To Every Birth Its Blood by Serote
    • A Dry White Season by Andre Brink
    • Pale Horses by Jassy Mackenzie
    • Bloody Harvests by Richard Kunzmann
    • Shirley, Goodness & Mercy by Chris van Wyk