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by Paul Duncan and Alain Proust

These two books are hard to put down! Large, stunning photographs and fascinating info on Cape Town’s and Joburg’s architectural wonders, most not open to the public.  Written by Paul Duncan, design writer and former editorial director at Condé Nast. The images are by acclaimed photographer Alain Proust. (Both are based in Cape Town.) The 30 interiors in Hidden Cape Town include Mutual Heights, Sendinggestig Museum, South African National Library, City Hall, Palm Tree Mosque, Welgelegen, the Observatory, Bertram House, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George, Groote Schuur, the Old Synagogue and Cape Town Rifles officer’s mess. In Hidden Johannesburg you’ll be transported to 28 amazing places including Park Station, City Hall, Villa Arcadia, Nelson Mandela House, Northwards, Nizamiye Masjid and Whitehall Court. R399 + postage; alternatively collect from Kate’s in Rosebank (Cape Town) or a Culture Connect tour. Both books are signed by the author (see image) and photographer who also did Secret Kimberley, also available (R420).