Born to a Polish father and a Scottish mother, Magda was actually born in England and spent her first years there. It was heartbreaking to read of her separation from her maternal grandmother when her parents made the decision to migrate to far away Australia and certainly opened my eyes to the difficulties so called "new" Australians faced upon landing in the outer suburbs of out largest cities back in the 1960s and 1970s.
Magda was inspired to write this book to record the history of her family. Like any of those who lived in war zones and later escaped, it is simply astonishing what they went through. It would have been an interesting story even if it had not been written by one of our best known celebrities, but Magda's own history certainly added an element to the book.
Although different to what I expected, I really enjoyed Reckoning. It is an interesting and extraordinary story that held my interest from start to finish.