1 Nov 2016

Book Review / Reckoning by Magda Szubanski

 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.

Published:     23rd September 2015
Publisher:  Text Publishing
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand Alone, Non-Fiction
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher


I have to be honest and say that I had never heard of Magda until reading this book.  The main reason for wanting to read it was the description on the back.  It sounded like Magda was an interesting person to read about and I was right, she is.  

What I found the most fascinating is actually the story of her childhood and her family, especially her father's story.   I also liked the fact that despite Magda being a comedienne her story was not always told with a hint of humour, there are sad parts, happy parts etc..

This was an interesting read that I would highly recommend to both those who have heard of Magda and for those who haven't.  I am definitely going to be checking out more of her work.

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 stage shows.


In conversation about her new memoir Reckoning on:

Wednesday 2 November @ 19:00 Waterstones Brighton
Tickets: £5

Thursday 3 November @ 19:00
Tickets: £5

Saturday 5 November @ 16:00
In conversation with Georgina Godwin, Books Editor, Monocle 24
Tickets: £12-15

Monday 7 November @ 18:30
Tickets: £5
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