Trevor Noah to Release Memoir about Growing Up in South Africa

The Daily Show host’s book will cover a tumultuous childhood, “from the time he was thrown in jail to the time he was thrown from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters.”

In the midst of Trevor Noah’s shockingly fast ascent into the spotlight, some aspects of his past came back to haunt him (mostly in Twitter form). One takeaway from that situation was that people were largely unfamiliar with where he had been prior to joining the The Daily Show.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Noah “fled” to the US in 2011 to avoid being killed by his stepfather, who had tried to kill Noah’s mother. This was all following an apartheid-influenced upbringing that was naturally dangerous, particularly given the fact that Noah was born to a black mother and a white father.

The memoir is said to be both “comic and poignant,” and will use a series of essays to tackle the details of his South African life, “whether he’s 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.”

An imprint of Random House, Spiegel & Grau, have reportedly given Noah a three-million dollar deal for the untitled book, and will release it in November.

(via The New York Times)

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