Book of the month

April read: Born A Crime – Trevor Noah

Hardcover: R435 (Exclusive Books), R339 (Takealot)

Paperback: R249 ( ExclusiveBooks), R200 ( Takealot)

eBook: N/A


Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

Book summary

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. (Source: Goodreads)

Who is Trevor Noah?

Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Noah has hosted numerous television shows including South Africa’s music, television and film awards, and two seasons of his own late night talk show, Tonight with Trevor Noah.

He is the most successful comedian on the Africa continent and is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central. This year The Daily Show has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award (Comedy/Variety Series). Noah joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2014 as a contributor.  (Source:

Why we picked this book:

UBC picks books which speak for current events/holidays in South Africa. To commemorate Freedom Day, reading a memoir by someone who experienced the disorder of the apartheid government is a first class ticket into their perspective world. From the reviews, we are amped.