"And I think" says Szubanski, "this is what war is. It is a universe in which doing the right thing is almost always simultaneously the wrong thing. And that is madness."
Readers wanting to know how she became a performer won't be disappointed, with her journey covered from suburban Croydon via university revues and alternative theatre to her greatest and most beloved creation, Sharon Strzelecki.
"People frequently ask me where Sharon comes from" she writes. "I often wonder myself. In truth Sharon is the most vulnerable part of me. I suspect that vulnerability has always been present in my work but it found its most perfect expression in Sharon. It was around this time that I started to top the Q scores, an independent measure to determine what and who the public finds familiar and appealing. Basically, a huge scientific popularity contest. And I had won it. If only the outcast, lonely me of my teens could have known."
The book also details her struggle to reveal her sexuality. It may be difficult for younger readers to comprehend that even in the 80s, homosexuality could see a person ostracised, and a performer's career ruined.
"Reckoning" is an engaging read that will leave you loving Magda even more. A perfect book for readers who think too much.