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Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

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Trevor Noah

8 Hours 45 Minutes

Hodder & Stoughton UK

November 2016

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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 listen.

(P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Nerrilyn D

    Funny, poignant and educational. Almost unimaginable for some people to truly grasp and understand. Thank you for sharing your story with me, so honestly and beautifully Trevor Noah.

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  • Lucy M

    Like a time machine this book transported me into a world I couldn\'t even begin to imagine! Trevor Noah does this so eloquently, the characters so visceral I couldn\'t stop thinking about them! How one can endure such hardship and still find a reason to laugh and rise above the pull to bitterness is amazing! What I want to know is what happened to Teddy?! I thoroughly recommend this book!

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  • Ann A

    A fascinating personal true story of a mostly struggling family living in a traumatic time of South Africa's modern history, their struggles, joys and tragedies.

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  • Ann A

    A fascinating personal true story of a mostly struggling family living in a traumatic time of South Africa's modern history, their struggles, joys and tragedies.

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  • Widia L

    Extremely amazing! So sad it has to end. It was so fun and this audiobook accompany me during my ride everyday. I hope Trevor is writing a new book and narrating it again. Or just read someone else book.

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  • Mr Ishtiaq

    One word: Wonderful!

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  • Penny Middleton

    Wonderful, funny, poignant- Trevor has had a remarkable life

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  • Rhonda Morrison

    I loved every minute of this book. Trevor Noah is amazing!!!

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  • nigel maund

    Love it.

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  • Susie Hamilton

    This book is fabulous. Highly recommended! Trevor Noah is a brilliant writer and a first class narrator.

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