Waiting On Wednesday: Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

This is one of my most anticipated non-fiction reads of 2022. Like most of the world, I was deeply moved by Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix show Nanette, so much so that when I saw she was coming to do a show locally in 2021, I eagerly purchased tickets. Alas, Covid and lockdowns had other ideas, and I’m now seeing the show in late 2022, but I think this book will be fascinating, and potentially a five-star read of 2022!


Expected Publication: March 2022

Published by: Allen & Unwin Australia

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.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.

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

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 late-in-life 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.

2 thoughts on “Waiting On Wednesday: Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby

  1. Claire Louisa says:

    This sounds like one I’d enjoy, I’ll have to see if the library will get it. I wonder if it will be on audio and if she will read it herself, those are the ones I prefer.

    • Jess says:

      I would be surprised if it isn’t released on audio in the future, but I can’t find anything online yet about it. Not surprising, as many will wait a few months. It would be amazing to hear Hannah Gadsby read it herself.

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