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Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Paperback)

By Noah, Trevor

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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 absur...dities 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.
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ISBN 9781473635302
Released NZ 26 Sep 2017
Publisher John Murray Press
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781473635302
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher John Murray Press
Imprint John Murray Publishers Ltd
Released 26 Sep 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Noah, Trevor
Category Performing Arts
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Humour
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 178mm
Height: 202mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 792.7028092
Weight 216g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: The Arts
ONIX Text General/trade

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