Winner, Australian Book Industry Book of the Year 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 anunces the arrival of a fearless writer and natural storyteller. It will touch the lives of its readers.
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. Reckoning won the 2016 Indie Award for Non-Fiction, the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the 2016 Nielson Bookdata Booksellers Choice Award, the 2016 Australian Book Industry Award for Biography and the Australian Book Industry Award for Book of the Year 2016.
Winner of NSW Premier's Literary Award Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction 2016 and ABIA Australian Biography of the Year 2016 and Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2016 and ABIA Australian Book of the Year 2016 and Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Non-Fiction 2016 and Victorian Community and Local History Award 2016. Shortlisted for National Biography Award 2016 and Dobbie Award 2016.