Magda Szubanski brings Reckoning to the UK

*From the star of the iconic comedy series Kath and Kim and much-loved film Babe, comes a poignant and riveting memoir*

*Winner of the Australian Book Industry Awards ‘Book of the Year’ and ‘Biography book of the year’ 2016* 

 A beautiful, nuanced heart-rending memoir. Read it, know this human better’

Dawn French

‘A brave and tender book about everything that matters most in life’

Cate Blanchett

 ‘A remarkable memoir’

Christos Tsiolkas




Magda Szubanski


Published on 27th October 2016 by Text Publishing in TPB, priced at £12.99

Published on 27th October 2016 by Text Publishing in TPB, priced at £12.99

‘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 coming to the UK in support of her new autobiography Reckoning next week. She will be in conversation at Waterstones in Brighton, (Wed 2 November) Cardiff (Thurs 3 November) and Liverpool (Mon 7 November), as well as Foyles in London (Sat 5 November).

Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, star of the iconic comedy series Kath and Kim and the much-loved film Babe, 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.


About the Author:

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.


About Text Publishing:

A leading Australian independent publisher, winner of Small Publisher of the year 2012, 2013 and 2014. Text publishes the finest Australian writers, both old and new. Launched in 2012, the Text Classics list champion Australian greats including Thomas Keneally and Kate Grenville, while Text is also committed to finding and publishing the best contemporary writing for an international audience. Text publishes internationally acclaimed authors including Herman Koch, Ruth Ozeki, Yann Martel, Geoff Dyer, Jeanette Winterson, Lionel Shriver, Ali Smith, Julian Assange and J.M. Coetzee in the local market, while selling numerous leading authors to publishers around the world. They include Tim Flannery, Graeme Simsion, Lloyd Jones, Toni Jordon and Peter Temple. Text is distributed by Turnaround in the UK.