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Publisher's Summary

The memoir from Australia's much-loved comedian, Hannah Gadsby, whose stand-up show and self-described swan-song, Nanette, played to sold-out houses in Australia, the UK and the US. Its launch on Netflix, and subsequent Emmy and Peabody wins, took Nanette (and Hannah) to the world.

'There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself,' Hannah Gadsby, Nanette.

Multi-award-winning Hannah Gadsby transformed comedy with her show Nanette, even as she declared that she was quitting stand-up. Now, she takes us through the defining moments in her life that led to the creation of Nanette and her powerful decision to tell the truth - no matter the cost.

Gadsby's unique stand-up special Nanette was a viral success that left audiences captivated by her blistering honesty and her ability to create both tension and laughter in a single moment. But while her worldwide fame might have looked like an overnight sensation, her path from open mic to the global stage was hard-fought and anything but linear.

Ten Steps to Nanette traces Gadsby's growth as a queer person from Tasmania - where homosexuality was illegal until 1997 - to her ever-evolving relationship with comedy, to her struggle with adult diagnoses of autism and ADHD and finally to the backbone of Nanette - the renouncement of self-deprecation, the rejection of misogyny and the moral significance of truth-telling.

Equal parts harrowing and hilarious, Ten Steps to Nanette continues Gadsby's tradition of confounding expectations and norms, properly introducing us to one of the most explosive, formative voices of our time.

©2022 Hannah Gadsby (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Hannah is a Promethean force, a revolutionary talent.... This hilarious, touching and sometimes tragic book is all about where her fires were lit." (Emma Thompson)

"Gadsby wields her craft like a weapon, lancing out the trauma and forcing us to look at it." (The Guardian)

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So much love for “the nanna whisperer!”

I wasn’t sure I was ready to deal with all the emotions this book would raise. I shouldn’t have worried. Hannah’s safe pair of hands walked me through our shared socio-political history and into her world so beautifully. That she was going through such pain while we were laughing and celebrating her success is appalling. That this beautiful funny book grew from it and that she is where she is, thrills me. Throughout, the love she holds for the people in her life shines through. A book I will not soon forget. Inspiring and thought-provoking.

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An incredible piece of writing

The topics discussed in this book are heavy, dark and important.
Hannah does it in a way that in no way minimises the importance but she does bring enough humour to it that it’s bearable. It is one of the most thoughtfully curated pieces of writing, considered and aware of how it will impact the readers and the characters discussed in its pages but at the same time it is the most honest and raw piece of writing I’ve ever read.

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An autobiography for the ages

I couldn’t stop listening, transfixed and saddened and somehow so proud. Hannah your strength and intelligence is electrifying in the best way. Thank you for your story told by you.

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a memoir told with stunning clarity

A memoir told with stunning clarity, l could relate and realise that my own story is just as true. Thank you for articulating that neuro- diverse ways of being are valid and valuable. Also highlighting the under-playing and sublimation of the trauma of abuse while growing up and then taking the power back in such a creative and healing way.

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Powerful

This book is brave and brilliant. Hannah's perspective reframed how I look at the world.

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Thank you Hannah

I LOVED this. Despite the obvious trauma and difficulty I imagine there was putting this together, I am grateful that Hannah let us in. She gives permission to people who have suffered like she did, to speak or if they can't, at least know they are not alone.
Hannah - I love the sound of a tea cup finding its saucer too <3

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So Good

I really enjoyed listening to Hannah deliver Ten Steps to Nanette. She has such an engaging and clever way of presenting difficult and controversial information with honesty, integrity and humour. Bravely sharing her trauma so readers can leave as more empathetic humans. Her journey to discovering her neuro - diversity is so interesting and inspiring. As a young Tasmanian I also found the political history surrounding the de-criminalisation of homosexuality fascinating, albeit infuriating! What an achievement to the arts, and what an incredible woman, brava Hannah.

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required reading for all humans

the booming resonance of this artwork throughout my entire being destroyed me in the most exquisite way. there are not words which can sufficiently express the gratitude I feel for the existence of this.

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Perfect!

I have never written a review before but felt compelled to on this one. Hannah Gadsby is such an incredible person and this book reinforced this! Please listen to this.💕

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Exceptional!!!

This is an exceptional piece of self-reflection and writing. I enjoyed it immensely. Learned so much about the world, and myself, in the process. Highly recommended.

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Utterly engaging

Sometimes I was belly laughing and sometimes I was crying but I was always gripped. Who is this incredible woman? She pinned her own butterfly wings so we could take a closer look in this book. I hope her current Comedy Special Body of Work is super successful and takes the sting out of her wings (even though I know she is currently touring it with shingles and a broken foot).

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  • 11-05-2022

Brilliant and powerful!

You feel all the feelings listening to Hannah explore her life and how it has got her to the now. Eloquent, authentic, funny, honest, and raw. I had a little cry and a little smile here and there.

I highly recommend this book. Love, love, loved it!

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  • 18-04-2022

Fabulous

If I could think of 15 words for fabulous that would be my review. And Queer.

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  • 15-04-2022

Hannah’s book is amazing

Thank you for writing your book Hannah. I gave me solace. I my feelings about myself and self worth over the years has been extremely low. I am diagnosed with ADHD and am 58 years old. Listening your book offered me so much comfort. ❤️💕

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