Reckoning - A Memoir (HB)
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.
* National publicity campaign and events tour * Media launch with high profile guests * Major television interviews on programs such as ABCTV 7.30 with Leigh Sales, Channel 10 The Project, Channel 7 Sunrise, Channel 9 Sunday Night, ABC TV One Plus One * Extract to be placed in national weekend newspapers * Press feature interviews in Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, Adelaide Advertiser, Herald Sun, West Australian, Sunday Tasmanian, Courier Mail, Canberra Times and Territory News * Radio interviews on ABC local radio in every capital city, Radio National breakfast and Tony Delroy's Nightlife, Classic FM, Double J, 3AW, 2UE, 6PR, 5AA, 2CC, 4BC and many other regional and suburban stations * Feature review coverage in all broadsheet and tabloid newspapers * Review coverage in women's magazines such Australian Women's Weekly, Marie Claire, Vogue, MindFood, Harper's Bazaar, Grazia, Woman's Day, Who Weekly and many others * Review coverage in literary journals and magazines * Review coverage in gay media: radio, online and print * Wide online review and interview coverage on sites such as Mamamia, Guardian Australia, Junkee, New Daily and many others * Author will be available for events in all major capital cities and selected regional areas * Author will be a guest of major writers festivals in 2016 * Outdoor poster advertising campaign in capital cities on publication * Outdoor Christmas advertising on lightwalls in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in December * A1 posters distributed to booksellers for window displays * Very broad online advertising campaign * Print advertising in publications such as the Monthly, Readings Monthly and the Big Issue * Huge budget for cataloguing on publication and for Christmas * Short author message and readings available on video for hosting on bookseller websites
'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
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 is her first book.