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From Jo'burg to Jozi [Paperback]

Adam Roberts , Heidi Holland
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15 Jun 2011
Journalists Heidi Holland and Adam Roberts approached about 80 journalists and writers based in Johannesburg and asked them to write short pieces about the city in which they work and live. They did not specify form or style - the contributors were free to express themselves how ever they wanted to. Out of this has emerged 50-odd pieces of writing that reflect aspects of the city, idiosyncratic reactions to living and working here, appreciations of small and big things, some poems, some criticisms - all will find resonance with Joburg/Jozi residents and all will be enlightening and entertaining to visitors hoping to learn something about our metropolis. Amazingly, many of the contributors expressed how much they enjoy being in Joburg/Jozi - good news for a city that consistently suffers from bad press.
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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Global (15 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143026283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143026280
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,143,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tim Butcher is a British best-selling author and explorer whose books blend history with travel.

His latest, The Trigger, tells the story of the young man who sparked the First World War a hundred years ago by shooting dead Archduke Franz Ferdinand on a street corner in Sarajevo. Tim trekked across Bosnia and part of Serbia on the trail of history's greatest assassin, Gavrilo Princip, making a number of discoveries missed by a century of historians.

His first book, Blood River - A Journey To Africa's Broken Heart, told the story of an epic solo journey through the Congo. Translated into six languages, it topped the Sunday Times best-seller list in Britain and was shortlisted for various awards from the Samuel Johnson Prize in London to the Ryszard Kapuściński Award in Warsaw.

For his second, Chasing The Devil, he walked for 350 miles through Liberia along a trail blazed by a whisky-sozzled Graham Greene in 1935. He discovered, among other things, that Greene's life was saved by his indomitable but unsung cousin, Barbara Greene. The book made it onto the longlist for the George Orwell

A former foreign correspondent with The Daily Telegraph, Tim specialised in covering awkward places at awkward times: Kurdistan under attack in 1991 by Saddam Hussein, Sarajevo during the Bosnian War of the 1990s, the Allied attack on Iraq in 2003, Israel's 2006 clash with Hizbollah in southern Lebanon among other crises.

He was awarded the 2013 Mungo Park Medal for exploration by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and in 2010 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Northampton for services to writing. Born in 1967 he is based in Cape Town with his family.

For more details, pictures and contact details please go to: https://www.facebook.com/timbobutcher

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A traveller's 27 April 2004
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'Johanesburg to Jozi' will be a timely revelation to anyone who stillshares the popular belief that South Africa's first city is no more thanan ultra-violent, crime-ridden urban sprawl divided by race and wealth. Inreality the city has much more to offer and I was relieved finally to seethat portrayed in print.
This collection of anecdotes and observations by contemporary journalistscaptures the Jo'burg scene familiar to those of us who have lived throughits transformation since aparthied. There is no attempt here to deny theacute crime or the social and communal divisions that aflict life in TheBig Yam. But these snapshots also capture something of the city'sextraordinary, unpredictable vitality, which the outside world rarelyhears of.
The 'eye-witness' account of a paranoid two-headed hound that survivesexclusively on curry still makes me laugh and though it may stretch yourcredulity (!) it also illustrates that in Jo'burg truth really often isstranger than fiction.
Living in Europe now I am frequently disappointed by just howmisunderstood my home city is, though not suprised given that all oneusually sees reported are its record murder, carjacking and rapestatistics. Anyone who wants to go beyond the scare stories, learn aboutthe other Jo'burg and be entertained won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost does it... 21 Mar 2009
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A good and simple read that doesn't take much effort or thinking. It covers various aspects of Johannesburg as told be various people but in the end fails to bring across the real Jo'burg. The unforgettable stories as told by people who have grown up there and lived on its streets. There are many harsher, more real and often incredible realities, both good, bad and amazing, to Jo'burg which make it the city it is and this book misses that mark. If you're someone wanting to find out the true and often incredible nature of Jo'burg then this is the wrong book to read. In all, the word "Nice" will suffice in describing this book. Not gripping or any "WOW" factor but simply "Nice".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, fast service 16 Mar 2010
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Haven't read the book yet but the service was unbelievably fast from UK to Hawai'i. Thanks.
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