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Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah

In his first book, Noah tells his coming of age story with his larger-than-life mother during the last gasps of apartheid-era South Africa and the turbulent years that followed.

Product details:

  • Author: Trevor Noah
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • RRP: Paperback: $35.00

Cover of Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood


Noah was born illegal - the son of a white, Dutch father and a black, Xhosa mother, who had to pretend to be his nanny or his father's servant in the brief moments when the family came together.

His brilliantly eccentric mother loomed over his life - a comically zealous Christian (they went to church six days a week and three times on Sunday), a savvy hustler who kept food on their table during rough times, and an aggressively involved, if often seriously misguided, parent who set Noah on his bumpy path to stardom.

The stories Noah tells are sometimes dark, occasionally bizarre, frequently tender and always hilarious - whether he's subsisting on caterpillars during months of extreme poverty or making comically pitiful attempts at teenage romance in a colour-obsessed world; whether he's being thrown into jail as the hapless fall guy for a crime he didn't commit or being thrown by his mother from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters.



Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
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