Comedian Trevor Noah, the first African to host the popular American talk show, The Daily Show, this week announced on Twitter the launch date of his much anticipated book. “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, on sale November 15,” Noah tweeted.
‘Born a Crime’ delves into Trevor’s childhood and journey as the child of an illegal mixed race relationship during the apartheid regime.
Pan Macmillan South Africa, which has acquired southern African rights to the book, described it as a collection of personal stories about growing up in South Africa during the last gasps of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that came with its demise. The book, Pan Macmillan says, would give readers an intimate look at the world that shaped Noah.
“These are true stories, told in the tradition of David Sedaris—sometimes dark, occasionally bizarre, frequently tender, and always hilarious. Whether subsisting on caterpillars during months of extreme poverty, or making comically hapless attempts at teenage romance, from the time he was thrown in jail to the time he was thrown from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters, the experiences covered in this book will shock and amaze, even as they leave you rolling on the floor with laughter,” the publishers said in a statement online.
“Trevor Noah captured the hearts of South Africans long before he took up the helm at The Daily Show. His incisive, intelligent brand of humour became the perfect antidote to the stresses of life in South Africa. His international success has become our collective success and we so look forward to working with Trevor to bring his unique voice to print”, Terry Morris, MD of Pan Macmillan South Africa said.
In the same statement Noah said: “I couldn’t find a good book about myself, so I decided to write one. And just like me this book doesn’t have an appendix.”
Rights were acquired from Abner Stein on behalf of Peter McGuigan of Foundry Media, Inc. According to Hollywood Reporter, Noah’s book deal is believed to be US$3 million.