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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

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Title: Born A Crime

Author:  Trevor Noah

ISBN:  9781473635289

Weight:  923g

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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

An engaging, fast-paced and vivid read…  Essential reading not only because it is a personal story of survival, leavened with insight and wit, but because it does more to expose apartheid – its legacy, its pettiness, its small-minded stupidity and its damage – than any other recent history book or academic text.


Noah proves a gifted storyteller, deftly lacing his poignant tales with amusing irony.

Entertainment Weekly

Powerful…  The story of his life is full of chase scenes in which he runs, hell for leather, from spankings, from the long arm of the law, and from the swinging fist of his stepfather… a unique perspective.


Bibliographic Info

TitleBorn a Crime
SubtitleStories from a South African Childhood
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

These copies have a signature page, tipped-in before the title page, which has the title, the author’s name, the phrase ‘This is a limited signed edition.’, and the name of the publisher printed on it.

Issued direct by John Murray (Publishers), the number of copies in this edition is unknown.

Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in signature page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizesThurber Prize for American Humor 2017 – winner
Book Stats
PublisherJohn Murray (Publishers)
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 139781473635289
ISBN 101473635284
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
FormatHardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 162 x 29mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket imageMark Stutzman (image of Trevor Noah based on a photograph by Kwaku Alston)
Jacket photographCarl De Souza / Staff / Getty Images

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