Born a Crime

Stories from a South African Childhood

    • 4.7 • 570 Ratings
    • $13.99
    • $13.99

Publisher Description

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.
Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.
The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

Biographies & Memoirs
November 15
Doubleday Canada
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

Roxeigh ,

Great Read!

All at once compelling, sad, and funny, Born a Crime was a fantastic read about apartheid, determination, guts and triumph, and I had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend it!

Dlj456 ,

I savoured reading this book!

Fascinating read; keeps you interested and amazed throughout. Trevor's mom is a supernatural believer in faith

karma63 ,

Born a Crime

This is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. I was in tears at the end. It's hard to find the words. I love Trevor Noah, and I feel he was the perfect person to take over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart and I watch him every night. I knew he was from South Africa but had not heard any details about his life. After everything that his mother went through raising him, I would love to know how she feels about his success.

More Books by Trevor Noah


Customers Also Bought