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Author Szubanski, Magda, author

Title Reckoning : a memoir / Magda Szubanski
Published Melbourne, Victoria : Text Publishing Company, 2015
Melbourne : Text Publishing Company, 2015


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Description 374 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour), facsimiles ; 25 cm
regular print
Contents The stone of madness -- Death of an assassin -- My mother's people -- My father's people -- I am born -- Medicine men -- Life lessons -- Feeling different -- The end of the world -- Magda and Magda -- Leon Uris -- Flight, flight, freeze -- Sharpies -- Fourteen -- Becoming a fat lesbian -- Grüber -- Salad days -- The cherry on the Christmas pudding -- Politically correct poo -- Thresholds -- Warsaw -- The kindness of strangers -- D-generation and De Profundis -- Fast forward -- Shadow in the amber -- Hollywood -- An outing -- Big girl's blouse -- Home movies -- Dogwoman -- The little Jewish boy -- Kath and Kim and Sharon -- Molotov cocktails -- The stone of madness II -- A lion in suburbia -- Losing weight -- Ireland -- The sewer -- Coming out -- Women's conspiracy -- Trepanning -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments
Summary 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
Analysis Australian
Notes Scheduled to be published September 2015
Shortlisted, Dobbie Award, 2016
Winner, Australian Booksellers Association Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2016
Winner, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction, New South Wales Premier's Awards, year 2016
Subject Szubanski, Magda, author
Szubanski, Magda.
Actresses -- Australia -- Biography.
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Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 1925240436