Trevor Noah: TOP TEN BOOKS


Trevor Noah photographed by Kwaku Alston

Comedian and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah views the world from a unique vantage point; his analysis of American news and culture benefits from his own experience, growing up in South Africa as the biracial son of a South African mother and European father. “I couldn’t play in the streets because my grandmother and mother could get arrested. I couldn’t be known. I became used to being an outsider, which isn’t the worst thing in the world. It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what is on the inside, but it means you always maintain a mind-set that keeps you within your own space,” he said to The New York Times in 2016. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine in 2018, the same year he voiced the character of Griot in Black Panther.

Below are Trevor Noah’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.


The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

Roald Dahl
I loved fantasy books as a kid. I lived in my head, and Roald Dahl was the best of the best. This short story collection was one of my favorites.
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The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A wonderful fable, beautifully told. It’s so simple and yet so complicated at the same time.
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My Traitor’s Heart

Rian Malan
A brutal excavation of a white South African’s conscience during the final days of apartheid.
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To Quote Myself: A Memoir

Khaya Dlanga
A hilarious memoir by a great South African essayist. As good an account as you’ll find about life in the country today. (Please note this title is not currently available.)

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Yaa Gyasi
Thanks to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, America and Africa are linked in more ways than we usually think about. This is a fascinating novel about the legacy of slavery and white supremacy on both continents.
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Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life

Steve Martin
One of the best accounts ever written about the art of stand-up and the life of the stand-up comic.
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

J.K. Rowling
The whole series, start to finish. Like Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings” and C.S. Lewis’s “Chronicles of Narnia,” Rowling’s creation is a masterpiece of fantasy.
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Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Mandela
He was as good a writer as he was a freedom fighter and president. This is a book worthy of his storied life.
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But What If We’re Wrong?

Chuck Klosterman
A question the architects of apartheid should have stopped and asked themselves at the start, and a question I try to ask about my own deeply held convictions every day.
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Native Life in South Africa

Sol Plaatje
Plaatje was a founder and first general secretary of the organization that became the African National Congress, and his writings have survived to become some of the most compelling and celebrated accounts of the early days of apartheid. *currently unavailable

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