This is a memoir by Trevor Noah and is a collection of eighteen stories of a South African childhood set during and after Apartheid. The title “born a crime” is because he was born to a black mother and a white father when inter-racial marriage was punishable by five years in prison. He was kept hidden indoors for much of his childhood and the stories tell of some of the absurd and dangerous actions that his mother took to hide him from the government as well as some of the hair-raising things he got up to in the process. It’s a funny, poignant and extremely readable memoir that everyone should read – students and adults alike.
I’ve just ordered the YA version (this is the adult edition). Read it – you won’t forget it!