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Reckoning: A Memoir

Magda Szubanski


9781925240436

Text Publishing Company


Biography;
Memoirs


Hardback

400 pages

$49.99
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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.

'This is a remarkable memoir, that weaves the tragedy of twentieth century history into a personal narrative of coming to terms with family and self, and manages to honour both stories. The writing is assured and controlled, the storytelling expert and thoughtful, the language eloquent and moving. The writing, the story, the voice  - all of it is beautiful.' Christos Tsiolkas

'A brave and tender book about everything that matters most in life.' Cate Blanchett

By:   Magda Szubanski
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 161mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   662g
ISBN:   9781925240436
ISBN 10:   1925240436
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   September 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active


'A brave and tender book about everything that matters most in life.' Cate Blanchett 'This is a remarkable memoir, that weaves the tragedy of twentieth century history into a personal narrative of coming to terms with family and self, and manages to honour both stories. The writing is assured and controlled, the storytelling expert and thoughtful, the language eloquent and moving. The writing, the story, the voice-all of it is beautiful.' Christos Tsiolkas '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.' Weekend Australian 'Unlike most autobiographies by famous people, Reckoning has substance beyond the writer's fame...Szubanski's fine memoir, written with great style, adds another layer to our history - another startling migrant story.' Crikey 'Reckoning is a powerful, exquisitely written account of Szubanski's loves and lives thus far.' West Australian 'With its hints of nostalgia, raw honesty, compassion, and a good amount of bravery, Szubanski's Reckoning reflects on the truths we hide and the realities we cannot ignore as we develop into and through our adult lives.' Conversation 'Sensitive and searching, colourful and vividly composed...stylish and accomplished.' Sydney Morning Herald '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.' Saturday Paper '[Reckoning] reveals [Magda] to be an extraordinarily rare talent - somebody with first-rate emotional and comedic instincts as well as a fierce intellect which would allow her to succeed in any academic task she'd set herself...This is a book which will be good for the soul of anybody who reads it.' Daily Review '[Reckoning is] a page-turner...The quality of a memoir depends on how interesting a life the person writing it has had and Szubanski doesn't appear to do dull. She is articulate and likeable as she tries to reconcile herself with the many difficult aspects of her past.' New Zealand Herald [Reckoning] untangles intergenerational trauma with intelligence and insight...[Szubanski] declares herself as a sensitive intellectual who is cursed, or blessed, depending on your point of view, with the fervent desire to understand.' Newtown Review of Books


  • Long-listed for ABIA Australian Biography of the Year 2016.
  • Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2016.
  • Winner of Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Non-Fiction 2016.
  • Winner of Biography of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards 2016 (Australia)
  • Winner of Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards 2016 (Australia)
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