Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon, author of the recently published , and his publisher Andrea Nattrass from Pan Macmillan discuss what it takes to write and publish a non-fiction book from the very first inkling of an idea all the way to publication.

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We’re pretty sure if you haven’t already read , you’ll be keen to do so. It’s available from all good independent bookshops in South Africa (try in Johannesburg or in Cape Town), as well as and .

‘One of the best works of narrative non-fiction to emerge from the country in years. Quite simply brilliant.’ – NIREN TOLSI

Amid evictions, raids, killings, the drug trade, and fire, inner-city Johannesburg residents seek safety and a home. A grandmother struggles to keep her granddaughter as she is torn away from her. A mother seeks healing in the wake of her son’s murder. And displaced by the city’s drive for urban regeneration, a group of blind migrants try to carve out an existence.

The Blinded City recounts the history of inner-city Johannesburg from 2010 to 2019, primarily from the perspectives of the unlawful occupiers of spaces known as hijacked buildings, bad buildings or dark buildings. Tens of thousands of residents, both South African and foreign national, live in these buildings in dire conditions. This book tells the story of these sites and the court cases around them, which strike at the centre of who has the right to occupy the city.

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