BORN A CRIME By Trevor Noah (Pan Macmillan South Africa)
As one of South Africa’s most recognisable entertainers the release of Trevor Noah’s autobiography should come as no surprise. What may surprise you though is that his book makes almost no mention of his comedy career through which the world has come to know and love him. Instead it delves into his childhood, growing up in South Africa during the apartheid era.
Having been born to a black mother and white father during this time, Noah’s conception was literally a crime, and his mixed-race status came to colour much of his experiences. Attempts to successfully navigate race and class lines in school, among family and everywhere in-between is an important element of the book.
But the book’s most important thread is Noah’s relationship with his mother, a strong-willed woman who was determined to make her own way in the world against all odds. Born A Crime And Other Stories (Pan Macmillan South Africa) may not be as satsifying as Noah’s stand-up work but it contains the signature wit and humour that’s made him a household name while relating the engaging and often surprising experiences that made him a man.