Beaumaris Books

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Beaumaris Books
In association text publishing
Proudly presents an evening with the wonderful
MAGDA SZUBANSKI

When: Thursday 5th Nov 2015, 7.30pm

Where: GINGER FOX (Formerly MALT CAFÉ), 23-25 South Concourse, Beaumaris

Cost: $70 includes admission, finger food AND a copy of Reckoning

Beverages at bar prices.

**Phone credit card bookings accepted**

Phone: 9589 4638

E-mail: read@beaumarisbooks.com.au

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‘If you had met my father you would never, not for an instant, have thought he was an assassin. Warmhearted, friendly, engaging, intelligent, genial, generous, humorous, honourable, affectionate, arrogant, blunt, loyal. He was a family man... you would never have guessed that he was capable of killing in cold blood. But he was. Poor bastard.

He was born in 1924. He was a boy of fifteen when Hitler invaded his homeland and the war began, and as soon as he was able he joined the fighting. All through our growing up he would say, ‘I was judge, jury, and executioner.’ He spent the rest of his life trying to come to terms with what he had done.

I grew up in the shadow of that reckoning.

Reckoning- Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story. Reckoning announces the arrival of a fearless writer and natural storyteller. 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 will touch the lives of its readers.


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 on the stage. Reckoning is her first book.

Written by Andrew Martin — September 21, 2015