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  • By: Hannah Gadsby
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  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (398 ratings)

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Ten Steps to Nanette

By: Hannah Gadsby
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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-awardwinning 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
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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)

"The laughs of her show are a means to an end, which is, at its core, a ferocious attack on comedy itself." (New York Times)

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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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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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Just brilliant!

Just like with her shows. I laughed out loud many times and cried hard at the end. And I want to go back to the start and do it all again.

She weaves her story around you and carries you along with her. I loved Every. Single. Minute. I’d make everyone I know listen to it if I could. Hearing her read her own story is both a privilege and an intense pleasure.

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what a tour de force

having watched Hannah's Netflix specials .. it was great to listening to her back story in this book .. both entertaining and educational, I whizzed thro it in just 2 days

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Exactly what I hoped for, somehow

It was very interesting hearing about Hannah’s upbringing in rural Australia, and some of her pivotal life experiences. As a queer autistic and ADHDer, I was able to feel connected to her, much as I do when watching her comedy shows. If you know Nanette, you will know what sort of content to expect here. Personally, I felt comforted by Hannah’s words. Listening to this audiobook has helped me through a rough patch in my life. Her frank honesty has made me feel understood without my having to say anything. Thank you, Hannah!

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5 stars.

Hannah is an exquisite cocktail of unassuming charm, unapologetic truth, absolute savagery (when justified) and yet her vulnerabily is palpable.

Incredibly intelligent, emotionally & intellectually. Her insights into many topics are profound & her ability to cut straight through the BS is inspiring.

Nanette was an incredible journey unlike anything I've experienced before. It was the most sickly sweet trigger I've ever had.

As a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD'er AFAB in my 40's with a very relatable history, I'm incredibly grateful to see someone be catapulted into the mainstream, for simply addressing such topics. Nanette's success is a testament to our growing societal need to have these issues openly discussed & crucially, call out & dismantle those who uphold them, however willfully ignorant or covert they try to be.

Hannah's unique ability to encapsulate all of that in such an intriguing & all consuming way, whilst simultaneously, expertly navigating her own trauma, & that of her audience, is awe inspiring.

All of that, before we even mention her comedy. She is incredibly funny. Besides the obvious carefully crafted humour, as a fellow autistic/ADHD'er, I also thoroughly enjoyed the hilarious relatable content throughout.

A painfully pleasurable read.



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  • 24-04-22

Thank you Hannah

Dear Hannah, Thank you for processing, crafting, and sharing these stories of yours. I am so grateful. Thank you for narrating the audiobook as well: I love audiobooks and was excited about the release of your memoir, but was anxious that the narrator might have an irritating voice: They did not! And even better, it was you!

To potential readers, This book is full of sadness, hope, honesty, trauma, analysis of social and political horrors, and humour.

I am so grateful for this memoir situation, this woven artwork. Thank you Hannah!