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Reckoning: A Memoir


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* 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

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'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 'Unlike most autobiographies by famous people, Reckoning has substance beyond the writer's fame...Szubanski's fine memoir, written with great style, adds another layer to our history - another startling migrant story.' Crikey 'Reckoning is a powerful, exquisitely written account of Szubanski's loves and "lives" thus far.' West Australian 'With its hints of nostalgia, raw honesty, compassion, and a good amount of bravery, Szubanski's Reckoning reflects on the truths we hide and the realities we cannot ignore as we develop into and through our adult lives.' Conversation 'Sensitive and searching, colourful and vividly composed...stylish and accomplished.' Sydney Morning Herald 'Nearly every memoir is described as "brave" these days but Szubanski has earned the word...The result of her efforts is an affecting story of family intimacy - soulfully and sensitively told.' Saturday Paper '[Reckoning] reveals [Magda] to be an extraordinarily rare talent - somebody with first-rate emotional and comedic instincts as well as a fierce intellect which would allow her to succeed in any academic task she'd set herself...This is a book which will be good for the soul of anybody who reads it.' Daily Review '[Reckoning is] a page-turner...The quality of a memoir depends on how interesting a life the person writing it has had and Szubanski doesn't appear to do dull. She is articulate and likeable as she tries to reconcile herself with the many difficult aspects of her past.' New Zealand Herald [Reckoning] untangles intergenerational trauma with intelligence and insight...[Szubanski] declares herself as a sensitive intellectual who is cursed, or blessed, depending on your point of view, with the fervent desire to understand.' Newtown Review of Books 'Reckoning isn't simply a collection of anecdotes, though - it is so much more. Sharp, beautiful, a must-read.' Canberra Weekly 'Magda's memoir is a moving exploration of her relationship with her Polish Resistance hero father...Reckoning is a quest and, in a sad but satisfying way, Magda does find what she's seeking.' Australian Women's Weekly 'Far more than a run-of-the-mill celebrity memoir, this is a beautifully written, heartfelt and illuminating family saga.' New Daily 'This is an inspiring memoir of a woman who faced her demons, sought treatment for depression and overcame disappointments. She is loved and admired by thousands but, more importantly, she exudes power - the power of being herself.' Good Reading 'Compelling author, compelling premise, compelling writing.' Graeme Simsion, Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Best Books of 2015 'I also adored Magda Szubanski's memoir, Reckoning. She has great stories to draw on but it is her very fine writing that makes it such a joy to read.' Christos Tsiolkas, Age Sydney Morning Herald, Best Books of 2015 'We all knew she was funny, but who knew she could write like this?' Benjamin Law, Age/Sydney Morning Herald 'Do not, repeat, do not underestimate comedian Magda Szubanski's Reckoning...A powerful piece of writing.' Courier Mail 'Reckoning is a beautiful and moving story of a serious, thoughtful and complex person.' Paul Barclay, Radio National Books and Arts, Best Books of 2015 'A fascinating memoir from the much-loved comedian...One of our favourites.' InDaily 'Magda Szubanski's brave, compassionate - and hilarious - Reckoning may be some sort of masterpiece of the form.' Australian, Best Books of 2015 'Magda Szubanski blew us away with her writing chops in this remarkable, fearless and deeply personal memoir.' Booktopia, Books of the Year 2015 'A moving and grave account of how a great comedian plumbed the enigma of her father's activities as a Polish wartime resistance hero.' Peter Craven, Australian, Best Books of 2015 '[Szubanski] captures wonderfully well the strange dissonance of history.' Sophie Cunningham, Australian, Best Books of 2015 'It is so refreshing to read an autobiography by a skilful character actor who is also in her own, non-stereotypical way, a role model for your average Aussie...The book will endure, just as Szubanski herself has.' Same Same 'It is impossible not to be moved...Let's hope Szubanski writes more. She shines just as brightly as a serious writer as she does as a comedian.' Guardian, Best Australian Books of 2015 'Documentary writing of the highest order...Anyone who doesn't adore Magda Szubanski the clown will be awed by Szubanski the A-grade non-fiction writer.' Age/Sydney Morning Herald 'This memoir uncovers long-held secrets with disarming candour. Not a celebrity expose as much as a family history, Reckoning is moving and compassionate. That Szubanski can act is a given fact; that she can also write is revelatory.' Best Books of 2016, Sydney Morning Herald 'Packed full of humour, drama and insights from a warm and hugely intelligent woman' Book Bag 'Utterly superb, an eye-opening book...profound and delicately entertaining' G Scene 'A deeply personal read-sometimes uncomfortably so-but Magda is an honest, forthright guide, and her love for her parents (and her siblings, especially older sister Barbara) shine through. This is not a sentimental read, nor is it a self-pitying one, but it's a warm, intelligent, brave and occasionally eye-opening one. I found it utterly captivating and came away from it feeling as if Magda had somehow exonerated the ghosts of her family's past-or at least come to terms with them.' Reading Matters

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