Five Minute Review: Born A Crime

One of my aims for the year is to average a book a week, making that 52 in total. I want to capture at least some of them here, as I believe reading and learning is a key facet to mindfulness and living in a fulfilled way. But hey, we’ve all got busy lives. So in that vein, here’s your five-minute book review!

If I had to describe Born a Crime in five words, it would be:

Fascinating, hilarious; tough at times. 



In this autobiography, Trevor Noah takes us through his experience growing up, the child of a black mother and a white father, in post-apartheid South Africa, with all the challenges, prejudices and downright weirdness that entailed. You hear, for instance, how he used to go to three different churches on a Sunday; how he was very literally born a crime; and how his Mum once threw him from a moving car. It taught me so much I didn’t know about the legacy of colonial rule and how that contributed to apartheid and some of the problems that still persist to this day.




This is history, but not as we know it.

Marks out of 10: 10

Would I recommend it to a friend? Absolutely, yes! It taught me so much without ever feeling like a ‘historical’ book.

That concludes the review.

Please tell me, have you read Born a Crime? What did you think?

What books would you recommend I read this year?

Lots of love,



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