Johannesburg book

It’s official! I’m working on a Johannesburg book to be released in October 2018. The book is loosely based on some of the work on this blog and a whole lot more. It’ll feature some unique and rare photos uncovered from various archives with accompanying research. The design, layout and new photograpy will be done by my super-talented wife, Fiona O’Connor.

Thanks to Pippa Parker at Penguin Random House SA for the opportunity and special thanks to all the readers and supporters of this little blog.

Work on the book will take up most of my spare time until April 2018, but I will be working on the Fordsburg post for later in the year as well as adding and updating the older posts with new information and archive photos.

On a sad note, I recently learned of Val Hammerton’s passing. Val was a veteran reasearcher and tour guide with the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. I’ve been on several of her tours over the years and will miss her vintage dress-ups at the annual heritage day events. R.I.P. Val.

Val Hammerton

Photo of Val (a retired theatre nurse) unveiling a plaque in Klein Street is from the JHI site

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18 thoughts on “Johannesburg book

  1. Jim Brown on said:

    Good man! I’ll take a copy for sure.

  2. Ivan Shapiro on said:

    It’s people like you who contribute so much to our civilization.

  3. Desiree Bloxam on said:

    Congratulations! I love your blog and I will definitely be in line for a copy!

  4. Thanks very much for the update. I hope you may be able to use one or two of my photos eventually.

    Sorry to hear about your pal Val.

    Regards, Malcolm Buckler

  5. Peter Milner on said:

    I have a possibly unique photograph of the Clarendon Circle roundabout decorated with thousands of electric likes to look like a giant crown for the 1947 royal tour. I will look it out and get it to you in time for your book, but cannot do this just now

  6. Peter Milner on said:

    I have a possibly unique photograph of the Clarendon Circle roundabout decorated with thousands of electric lights to look like a giant crown for the 1947 royal tour. I will look it out and get it to you in time for your book, but cannot do this just now

    • Marc Latilla on said:

      Thanks Peter! I may have some pics for you from that tour. The railway archive were putting something together that followed the procession from town through Clarendon and beyond.

  7. Lois Harley on said:

    Congratulations on the book deal! I look forward to its appearance.

  8. Jane O'Connor on said:

    Is it possible to pre-order?

    • Marc Latilla on said:

      Hi Jane, not yet but please follow the blog for info. I’ll always post any updates here first. I imagine any pre-ordering will only be available once the book goes to print and the relevant ISBN numbers have been allocated.

  9. Jack Wade on said:

    Bravo, Marc.

    I’ll be buying a copy. Or two.

    Look forward to it.

  10. bewilderbeast on said:

    Yay!

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