Ben Trovato


Considered one of South Africa’s foremost satirists, Ben Trovato is the author of a dozen books, including one on golf, a sport he has never played. His trilogy of audacious letters to the rich and powerful remains unique in the annals of South African literature. And, as a columnist, he has disgraced the pages of several major newspapers and magazines. A print journalist and television producer by trade, he has travelled to hundreds of countries, slept with thousands of women and written millions of words. Currently skating on thin ice as a columnist for the Sunday Tribune and Sunday Argus, he can often be found surfing instead of meeting his deadlines. His latest book is Incognito – The Memoirs of Ben Trovato. In it, he comes clean about his real identity and lays bare the meat, bones and gristle of his peculiar life. Trovato lives alone with two regrets and a hangover.

Smashwords Interview

So, a new book. That would make it your tenth if I’m not mistaken. How’s the ‘famous author’ gig working out for you?
Are you kidding? In this country, “famous author” is more of an oxymoron than “marital bliss”. Our most famous author, JM Coetzee, is an Australian. Our bookshops are emptier than Julius Malema's threats to nationalise the mines. The only way an author could get famous in this country is if he also appeared in Generations, Isidingo and 7de Laan, brought out five kwaito albums, moonlighted as a late-night DJ on Yfm and then started a cult in which thousands of people committed suicide on St Valentines Day. I am in the process of starting a cult. Apply early and avoid the rush. No Jehovah's Witnesses, please.
I read somewhere that you are in fact a policy analyst? Is there any truth to this outrageous lie? What does a policy analyst even do?
I have no idea. It's a complete fabrication on the part of my publishers. While they were putting The Whipping Boy together, they asked what I did in my spare time. They probably thought “policy analyst” was less likely to attract the attention of the authorities.
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Where to find Ben Trovato online

Where to buy in print


Incognito – The Memoirs of Ben Trovato
South Africa's most widely read satirist, Ben Trovato, sheds his cloak of anonymity and reveals all in his bestselling memoir, Incognito.


On The Run
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,950. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 28, 2014. Categories: Essay » Political, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
On The Run is a compilation of Ben Trovato's satirical columns that appeared each week in the Cape Times between 2002 and 2007. Trovato also wrote the popular Whipping Boy column for South Africa’s biggest-selling newspaper, The Sunday Times, for five years. He is highly regarded as one of the country's top humorists.
Ben Trovato's Art of Survival
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,560. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
Around 50 people die unnatural deaths every day in South Africa. This creates the impression that it's a violent country. It's not. We're just rubbish at surviving. This essential guide will help you – wherever you live – to survive armed robberies, shark attacks, smoking, drowning, biological warfare, pregnancy, old age, alien invasion, drunk driving, brake failure and even suicide.
Ben Trovato's Guide to Everything
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,590. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence & self-esteem
Ben Trovato's Guide to Everything is not a book for sissies, prudes, fundamentalists, feminists, animal rights activists, recovering alcoholics, politicians or anyone else who takes life too seriously. It's also a work of satire.
The Ben Trovato (mis)Guide to Golf
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,680. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Golf
After hearing that golf is more addictive than heroin, Ben Trovato went out and tried them both. Once was enough. The experience inspired him to write a book to help people decide whether to start, continue or give up playing altogether. It's everything you ever wanted to know about this blood sport but were too drunk to ask.

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