Born A Crime

Born A Crime

By Trevor Noah

  • Release Date : 2016-11-17
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 0.97 MB
Score: 5.0
From 190 Ratings
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The compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving readers a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him.

Noah was born a crime, son of 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 first 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, take him away.

A collection of eighteen personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man's fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother - a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life.

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, Noah illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and an unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a personal portrait of an unlikely childhood in a dangerous time, as moving and unforgettable as the very best memoirs and as funny as Noah's own hilarious stand-up. Born a Crime is a must read.


  • Interesting to say the least

    By MoElkhalifa
    Was engaged from the start, it dipped slightly towards the end but the build up was definitely worth the suspense! Great story and great ending. Well done to Trevor Noah for sharing such a personal story with us.
  • Trevor is the real deal

    By S.b.Grace
    This is a great read, I could not put it down! It as everything, comedy,drama, action and history. Trevor is truly a one of a kind comedian/ presenter, with a unique take on life, get this book!
  • Born a crime

    By Stephen Derby
    Great book, a window into growing up under apartheid and Trevor Noah’s resilience, energy and unbroken spirit.
  • Born a Crime

    By qmwnrbvvv
    Absolutely fantastic!!!
  • Trevor Noah is a good storyteller

    By asababe
    I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it don until I read all 300 pages of it. It ,dame laugh out loud and almost cried. Trevor Noah's story is a tribute to all strong African mothers who raised good children against all odds. We applaud you.
  • Born of a crime

    By annielouisa
    Enjoyed reading every bit of it Filled with life lessons and see the brighter side to life struggles
  • A story worth reading

    By Hdhdjjddjdj
    Great story telling, learned a lot about South Africa and the apartheid on a daily basis. An amazing story overall. You will have a laugh and cry at the same time.
  • Amazing

    By g uvi
    One of the best books I’ve read for a longtime
  • Great Book

    By LSwathy
    I laughed in places where I am not sure if I was supposed to.
  • Listen to the audiobook

    By Jam89es
    Amazing and heart wrenching stories, but definitely worth listening to him tell them