Ben Trovato's 'On The Run' is a compilation of his satirical columns that were published each Tuesday in the Cape Times between 2002 and 2007. The column was also syndicated to the Witness, South Africa's oldest newspaper. He also wrote the popular Whipping Boy column for the country's biggest-selling newspaper, The Sunday Times. He is currently a columnist on the Sunday Tribune.
When On The Run first appeared in the Cape Times in September, 2002, it was met with equal measures of spluttering outrage and rip-snorting hilarity. Some called Trovato obnoxious, offensive, slanderous and rude. Others said they laughed so much that their morning coffee spurted from their nose.
Then there were those who loved the column – right up until the crosshairs swung in the direction of their own skin colour, their own religion, their own hard-earned prejudices. Suddenly, it wasn’t so funny.
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About the Author
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.