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Reckoning: A Memoir

Magda Szubanski

  • awardWinner, Liberty Victoria: The Voltaire Award, Magda Szubanski, 2018
  • awardWinner, Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award, 2016
  • awardWinner, Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards, 2016
  • awardWinner, Biography of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards, 2016
  • awardWinner, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, 2016
  • awardWinner, Indie Award for Non-Fiction, 2016
  • awardWinner, Victorian Community History Award Judges’ Special Prize, 2016
  • awardShortlisted, Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards, 2016
  • awardShortlisted, Dobbie Literary Award, 2016
  • awardShortlisted, National Biography Award, 2016
  • Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story.

    In this extraordinary memoir, Magda describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father’s espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family. With courage and compassion she addresses her own frailties and fears, and asks the big questions about life, about the shadows we inherit and the gifts we pass on.

    Honest, poignant, utterly captivating, Reckoning announces the arrival of a fearless writer and natural storyteller. It will touch the lives of its readers.

    ‘If you had met my father you would never, not for an instant, have thought he was an assassin.’ Read an extract from this exceptional memoir.


    ABC RN Books & Arts, recording from the 2016 Byron Bay Writers Festival
    ABC 7.30 with Leigh Sales  
    ABC One Plus One with Jane Hutcheon
    ABC RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly
    Gay News Network


    Geoffrey Rush, Guardian
    New Daily
    ABC Radio Conversations with Richard Fidler  
    Guardian, Sian Cain

    Magda Szubanski
    About the Author

    Magda Szubanski is one of Australia’s best known and most loved performers. She began her career in university revues, then appeared in a number of sketch comedy shows before creating the iconic character of Sharon Strzelecki in ABC-TV’s Kath and Kim. She has also acted in films (Babe, Babe: Pig in the City, Happy Feet, The Golden Compass) and...

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    Praise for Magda Szubanski

    ‘A brave and tender book about everything that matters most in life.’

    Reckoning is a riveting, overwhelmingly poignant autobiography by a woman of genius…It is an extraordinary hymn to the tragic heroism at the heart of ordinary life and the soaring moral scrutiny of womankind. Every library should have it, every school should teach it.’

    ‘Nearly every memoir is described as “brave” these days but Szubanski has earned the word…The result of her efforts is an affecting story of family intimacy—soulfully and sensitively told.’

    Other editions ofReckoning
    • Reckoning
      ISBN: 9781922253224
      23 September 2015
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      ISBN: 9781925240436
      23 September 2015
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      31 December 2024