Magda Szubanski, one of Australia's most beloved performers, tells her story. In this 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. 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.
Image 1: Magda with her father, Peter, in Croydon in about 1972.
Szubanski grew up in Croydon North, then a mix of semi-rural holdings and new housing estates on the north-eastern outskirts of Melbourne. She was a clever, sociable kid. But unusual. “I devised strange little counting rituals, tallying rapidly on my fingers every syllable as someone spoke,” she writes, “and I would stop only when I had reached a multiple of four. If my hands were busy, I would count with my teeth.”
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Szubanksi, M 2015, Reckoning, Text Publishing, Melbourne, Victoria.