Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation

Written by:
Hannah Gadsby
Narrated by:
Hannah Gadsby

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2022
13 hours 47 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.

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“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.
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Kaivyn W.

When I watched Nanette for the first time, I knew I related to Hannah deeply in some ways, but I didn’t know it was the ‘tism until this book! Hannah explains their perspective in such a beautiful and thoughtful way. It was deeply relatable in some ways (as someone who’s also plus size, autistic, enby, white, and AFAB), and it was illuminating in other ways - lots of windows and mirrors, it makes you think! And of course Hannah also manages hilarity at any possible moment! It was a pleasure to listen to Hannah. You can tell that Hannah speaks and does storytelling for a living. Additionally, I love the accent. A joy to listen to, all 13 hours!

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Carrie A.

Incredible in every way! Articulate, powerful, unique, and transformative – love, love, love this book

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Alli M.

a little slow on the background, but an incredible final few chapters.

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