Born A Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

This is a book I have been meaning to read for well over a year, so when The Bookly Club chose it as their April bookclub pick I thought it the perfect time to finally read it!

As a child of a black mother and a white father born in apartheid South Africa, Trevor Noah was literally born a crime. In this memoir we are given glimpses into his childhood and family life, and commentary on South Africa in the years following the fall of apartheid. For those unfamiliar with the mechanics of apartheid, Trevor does a great job putting some historical context throughout the book with a short descriptive page or so between each chapter. (For further reading on this period, from a journalistic perspective, I highly recommend “Country of My Skull” by Antjie Krog)

While many of the stories had me in stitches laughing at the antics Trevor and his friends got up to, the chapters didn’t close without putting the episode into a broader context.

This was an extremely reflective, yet highly readable, memoir and made for a really enjoyable read.


I do wish I had been able to listen to this as an audiobook as I feel it would have been incredible to hear Trevor narrate it! Nevertheless, this was still brilliant. Thanks to “the Katherine’s” over at The Bookly Club for hosting this (you can follow along on social media with #booklymark).

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