A hilarious and moving coming-of-age story about growing up mixed race in apartheid South Africa, from comedian Trevor Noah
The host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, tells the story of growing up mixed race in South Africa under and after apartheid in this young readers' adaptation of his bestselling adult memoir BORN A CRIME: STORIES FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDHOOD.
BORN A CRIME IS SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING OSCAR-WINNER LUPITA NYONG'O!Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, shares his remarkable story of growing up in South Africa, with a black South African mother and a white European father at a time when it was against the law for a mixed-race child like him to exist. But he did exist -- and from the beginning, the often-misbehaved Trevor used his keen smarts and humour to navigate a harsh life under a racist government.
This compelling memoir blends drama, comedy and tragedy to depict the day-to-day trials that turned a boy into a young man. In a country where racism barred blacks from social, educational, and economic opportunity, Trevor surmounted staggering obstacles and created a promising future for himself, thanks to his mom's unwavering love and indomitable will.
IT'S TREVOR NOAH: BORN A CRIME not only provides a fascinating and honest perspective on South Africa's racial history, but it will also astound and inspire young readers looking to improve their own lives.
PRAISE FOR BORN A CRIME - *
An engaging, fast-paced and vivid read . . . Essential reading not only because it is a personal story of survival, leavened with insight and wit, but because it does more to expose apartheid - its legacy, its pettiness, its small-minded stupidity and its damage - than any other recent history book or academic text - GUARDIAN
It's no surprise that Trevor Noah, the slyly suave successor to Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show, should write a smart book. But 'smart' doesn't begin to cover what he pulls off in Born a Crime . . . Noah's memoir is extraordinary . . . essential reading on every level. It's hard to imagine anyone else doing a finer job of it - SEATTLE TIMES
Powerful . . . a unique perspective - THE TIMES
Trevor Noah is a globally beloved comedian best known as being the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winningThe Daily Show on Comedy Central for seven years. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah broke free from the restraints of a 30-minute linear show, producing engaging social content, award-winning digital series, podcasts and more for its global audience.
Trevor served as the Grammy Awards host for three consecutive years, and his stand-up special "Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia" received a Grammy nomination for best comedy album in 2020. He has written, produced, and starred in 12 comedy specials, including 2022's Emmy-nominated "I Wish You Would," and has sold out stand-up comedy shows, including his current "Off The Record" World Tour.
Trevor is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. The book received the Thurber Prize for American Humor and two NAACP Image Awards. He is now developing and producing diverse, high-quality creative content with Day Zero Productions, his joint venture with Paramount Global. He has also launched the Trevor Noah Foundation to improve equitable access to quality education for underserved youth in South Africa.
Trevor's future projects include hosting Amazon Prime Video's first South African original series called LOL: Last One Laughing, serving as executive producer for the long-running British comedy series Mock the Week, and hosting an original Spotify weekly podcast.