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  • By: Hannah Gadsby
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  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (500 ratings)

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Ten Steps to Nanette

By: Hannah Gadsby
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Summary

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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Astounding memoir from a phenomenal person

I'm a huge Hannah Gadsby fan. As larger lady with late diagnosed ADHD and strong feminist opinions, this probably isn't a surprise. However I just wanted to put my love out there for her, for Nanette and for this book.

She's a wonderful narrator to her heart wrenching and heart warming memoirs. And I want to thank her for this amazing insight into her way of thinking. I truly believe that the way her brain works is beautiful and we could all learn a lot from listening to her.

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Hannah and Nanette

I did enjoy it, there were laughs and there were moments of horror and sadness. Hannah is unique, she has given us a little bit of insight into how she thinks and feels. I loved the stuff about her family...her mum is definitely funny!!

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Tender and brilliant

This book is just beautiful…in all its painful uncomfortableness. I cant say any more.

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Raw brilliant honesty

A very difficult and traumatic life described in beautiful words. Autism, ADHD, gender non-conforming lesbian are themes in the book. The main theme is Hannah's humanity. The humanity we're too used to miss in the landscape of our lives.

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An absolutely amazing book

This story is so well written and read! But beware, the subjects within are raw and painful despite the fact that they are many times delivered in a funny way. This stands to show how good a comedian the author is, if anyone needed this reassurence. The book explains so many things about other people's perspectives, people who are in minority and whose struggles and lifes are not at all understood by the majority of us. I loved the book, I love the strength of its author and I recommended it to everyone I talked to lately. I have not watched Nannete show yet, so had no idea about the topic before choosing to listen to this audio book. But I am glad I did. And I will watch Nannete too. Because it must a super show for all the right reasons.

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Bloody wonderful

Loved it, loved it and loved it.
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Intricate, expansive, generous, brave and really bloody funny.

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I love this

Great book, i listen to audiobooks because its convenient, having Hannah narrate this book lifts it - it's her voice and delivery. Funny, raw, astute. Incidental insight into real autism.

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10 stars… no genuinely

Nanette was a triumph, a glory, a perfection.

Ten Steps to Nanette is a pleasure, and a genuine privilege to enjoy Hannah’s voice, to share a glimpse into her life, and to travel along with her. Just listen and then you’ll understand why I can’t even begin to find the right words.

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Extraordinary

Whether it’s dissecting her own trauma and perception with brutal and coruscating honesty, or bringing a fresh and disarming charm to the story of a kid growing up in a warm, loving home surrounded by supportive neighbours, good tea and baffling social and political geopolitics, Hannah brings *herself* to this story. It’s simply fabulous.

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Marvelous but saddening

Although I disliked the chapters about the reception of her show Nanette, the rest of the book was captivating. I learned about Tasmania, living with undiagnosed mental health issues, society in the 80's, 90's et cetera, gay rights and Hannah growing up. Being a performance artist herself, the narration is flawless.
I did not see any show of her.

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