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  • By: Hannah Gadsby
  • Narrated by: Hannah Gadsby
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (1,636 ratings)

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Ten Steps to Nanette

By: Hannah Gadsby
Narrated by: Hannah Gadsby
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Multi-award-winning Hannah Gadsby broke comedy with their show Nanette. Now they take us through the defining moments in their life and their powerful decision to tell the truth—no matter the cost.

“Hannah is a Promethean force, a revolutionary talent. This hilarious, touching, and sometimes tragic book is all about where their fires were lit.”—Emma Thompson

“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself,” Hannah Gadsby declared in their show Nanette, a scorching critique of the way society conducts public debates about marginalized communities. When it premiered on Netflix, it left audiences captivated by their blistering honesty and their singular ability to take viewers from rolling laughter to devastated silence. 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.

Gadsby grew up as the youngest of five children in an isolated town in Tasmania, where homosexuality was illegal until 1997. They perceived their childhood as safe and “normal,” but as they gained an awareness of their burgeoning queerness, the outside world began to undermine the “vulnerably thin veneer” of their existence. After moving to mainland Australia and receiving a degree in art history, Gadsby found themselves adrift, working itinerant jobs and enduring years of isolation punctuated by homophobic and sexual violence. At age twenty-seven, without a home or the ability to imagine their own future, they were urged by a friend to enter a stand-up competition. They won, and so began their career in comedy.

Gadsby became well known for their self-deprecating, autobiographical humor that made them the butt of their own jokes. But in 2015, as Australia debated the legality of same-sex marriage, Gadsby started to question this mode of storytelling, beginning work on a show that would become “the most-talked-about, written-about, shared-about comedy act in years” (The New York Times).

Harrowing and hilarious, Ten Steps to Nanette traces Gadsby’s growth as a queer person, to their ever-evolving relationship with comedy, and their struggle with late-in-life diagnoses of autism and ADHD, finally arriving at the backbone of Nanette: the renouncement of self-deprecation, the rejection of misogyny, and the moral significance of truth-telling.

©2022 Hannah Gadsby (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Powerful and real

A truly captivating listen, Hannah delves into their soul. Harrowing, heartbreaking and hilarious, Hannah’s dry and intelligent wit underscores an engaging and insightful story. I laughed, I cried and I cherished every chapter. Thank you Hannah!

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Powerful

Powerful book. Side note - it perfectly explains living with ASD and ADHD and not understanding the world around you

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I loved everything about this book.

Ten Steps to Nanette and Hannah Gadsby are both - raw, angry, strong, vulnerable, quirky, incredible and hilarious. This book was 10 out of 10 and I’m going back to the beginning to listen all over again. I’m also off to watch Nanette again. My niece has recently being diagnosed with autism, and her incredible brain will be loved, nurtured and supported to its full and amazing potential. Hannah will be a role model through that journey xxx

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Love Hannah’s work

I loved the honesty and authenticity of the story. Great performance. I couldn’t stop listening!

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Not for the faint hearted

This book is full of heartbreaking stories that need to be said.
I’m grateful that Hannah found a place to tell her story and claim back what has been stripped from her and so many others so many times.

Footnote 1: Hanna’s voice is mesmerising.

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Thank you!

Made me laugh out loud, cringe and cry! Gave me pause to think and think some more!
Highly recommend!!

Loved it.

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Great to have author narrate

awesome authenticity by Hannah..gut wrenching spotlight on her struggle with ASD and identity..poignant and palpable

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loved Nanette

Beautiful story told by a human with a beautiful soul . Loved it, highly recommend especially those with loved ones on the Autism Spectrum. A lot of insite shared.

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Will read/listen to repeatedly.

Long time Aussie fan of Hannah. Amazing to hear her read this memoir, it makes it all the more powerful. A valuable book for anyone's library, particularly for any marginalised Australians and the people who care about them.

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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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