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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 Szubanski 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 listeners.
©2015 Magda Szubanski (P)2015 Bolinda
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By Louise on 04-12-17

Brilliant! Incredibly moving. One of the best

I can't recommend this book enough. It's rare that I can't put an audiobook down but that was how it was with this book. Magda doesn't just read the book, she acts it out as the talented actress she is. Rarely am I moved so much by an autobiography. The writing is superb. Thank you Magda!!! I want to share it with everyone I know, especially my 92 year old Nana and 90 year old Grandma. This book once again underlines how fortunate I am to be who I am, with the family I have, growing up in country Australia. We are blessed.

This book has given me an understanding of the Polish & Jewish people in a way I never had before. May Magda's Dad, his family & those who lived through WWII (& those who did not) rest in peace. We all live the legacy of war in some way or another but descendants of those directly involved live it a little more. Thank you for carrying the burdens you carry. I honour you 🙏 ~ Louise Bibby

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By Rachel M on 01-03-18

Loved it.

Entertaining and endearing. Magda is a national treasure. Readers of the hard copy are missing out big-time on all her wonderful accents, which take the performance to another level.

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By David Ranger on 01-10-18

A must read

This book is an absolute marvel, and such a joy to hear Magda tell her story. It's one of the most beautifully written and moving stories. Magda is a wonderful storyteller. Highly recommended.

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By Stan on 01-11-16

Moving and powerful

I'd heard good things of this book. Even so, it exceeded my expectations. I was frequently moved by her depictions of her parents, of their dilemmas, of her dilemmas.

The thing that makes this an outstanding audiobook is that her tale is diversely populated - mainly with Poles and Scots, whose accents she captures very well. And occasionally she throws in a Dutch accent or an ocker one.

She deals with important themes - right/wrong, life/death, struggles with sexuality and identity, politics of oppression, encountering feminism.

As a heterosexual Jewish-Polish male nearly ten years older than Magda, I love this book.

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By Jamie on 01-26-16

Just great! (And awesome)

Magda Szubanski is someone I have always deeply appreciated but this autobiography felt like a unique and new creation, something that I would love even if I didn't have such admiration for this lovely actress. It is beautiful, well constructed, and at moments wonderfully profound. Well written, sympathetic and cathartic without being self indulgent, so much recommendation coming from this brain right now...

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