Becoming/Unbecoming

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“My name is Una. Meaning one, one life, one of many. What can I tell you about myself? Well, I once learned to play Mull of Kintyre on the guitar. Other kids teased me but I genuinely thought it was a nice song.”

My first graphic novel Becoming/Unbecoming explores what it means to grow up a girl in an atmosphere of shame, misogyny, violence and silence in West Yorkshire between 1975 and 1981. Published by Myriad Editions in the UK in 2015, it has been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Turkish and a Canada/US edition. Becoming Unbecoming has been featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Open Book, Oprah.com, Newsweek, Elle Magazine, New York Times, Elle Magazine,  Guardian, El Pais. Many women and girls, men and boys, have read my book and it has helped them to think about sexual violence in a different way. Sometimes it has helped them to come to terms with their own past and their own present. Many of you have contacted me. Thank you for all your messages.

Becoming Unbecoming is available in the usual bookstores and comics shops or you can order a signed copy direct from me in my shop.

Here’s a link to a recent article in Newsweek about the North American edition.

Some nice things that people have said about my book:

Touching, moving, and tackling a really serious subject. A wonderful, wonderful book. Jenni Murray, presenter, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

An absolute sensation: One of my favourite books of the year, and possibly the best graphic novel I’ve ever read. The F-Word blog

Male violence against women is a major problem, for all of us. This exploration of blame and shame brings home that fact in an immediate way, but also with great delicacy. Mary Talbot, 2012 Costa prize winner

Incredibly powerful and poetic meditation/memoir on growing up under the shadow of the 70s. Ending just left me reeling. Kieron Gillen, writer, The Wicked and The Divine and Marvel Comics.

Delicate in construction yet uncompromising in message. Becoming/Unbecoming is an astonishing testament to the power of visual metaphor. Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier online comics journal

An incredibly powerful new graphic novel…the illustrations are beautiful. Anna James, Elle Magazine.

 

14 Comments

  1. Any chance this will be available in the open Epub format at some stage? It’s a shame only the restrictive Kindle format is available…
    Cheers

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    1. Hi there, no I don’t think so. It’s available on kindle and sequential, or you could be old fashioned and buy a print version 🙂

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  2. Hi Una. I just finished reading your novel/comic in Brazil. I don’t have to tell you how powerful your work is and how needed it is. But I want to. Thank you for this amazing piece of art, of truth, of hope. I wish you all the best and will sure to recommend Una to everyone. The hardships of life are better delt with when talked about, no matter how uncomfortable they might make us feel. So thank you for making me feel uncomfortable. It was needed and I will do my part to carry on the word. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you Frini, that means a lot to me. You are right that sometimes we need to feel uncomfortable to get to the truth, and that the discomfort doesn’t hurt us. Thank you for your kind words. Una

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  3. frinigeorga

    Hi Una. I just finished reading your novel/comic in Brazil. I don’t have to tell you how powerful your work is and how needed it is. But I want to. Thank you for this amazing piece of art, of truth, of hope. I wish you all the best and will sure to recommend Una to everyone. The hardships of life are better delt with when talked about, no matter how uncomfortable they might make us feel. So thank you for making me feel uncomfortable. It was needed and I will do my part to carry on the word. Cheers!

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    1. Hi Frini, thank you so much for your kind words, it means a lot to me when people make contact like this. So glad it meant something to you too and I’m really hoping the book does well in Brazil. Xx

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  4. travellingpoetsunion

    Congrats on such a Beautiful creation. I sat in the sun coming through the window in Canada today reading it in one sitting. BECOMING UNBECOMING IS healing and affirming, as I too am exploring in my art how the backdrop of that time in history influenced and effected. Kudos and Blessings to you Una!

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    1. Thank you. I’m glad you found it healing. I love your comment about sitting in the sun reading, actually I like to do that too. I hope you are thriving and your art is progressing well. Una

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  5. Dom Tighe

    Hello Una, I am fascinated by your brave and bold graphic novel. Congratulations. I am a film and tv producer. Is there a way I can contact you, via email, in private? I love to ask you a question. Many thanks, Dom

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    1. Hi Dom, all film and TV rights for Becoming Unbecoming are dealt with through Myriad Editions. There are contact emails on their website, below. If you want to email me, it’s una dot comics @ yahoo dot co dot uk http://myriadeditions.com

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  6. Mileny Vitória Candido Leme

    Hi Una! I’m a brazilian girl, and I admire you so much, and your work too. Well, me and 13 another girls (and 3 boys) made a play, a theater play inspirated in your book, and it’s our dream to show it to you. 500+ persons have seen this play, and we want to show it to you. If it’s possible, please, return on my e-mail and we go wherever you are! Thanks for all. Really. For all.

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    1. Hi Mileny, thanks for you kind words about my work, it’s always great to hear from people who have appreciated Becoming Unbecoming. I’m glad it has meant so much to you. How wonderful that you’ve written a play inspired by it! I assume you are at school? It’s not clear how old you are. I’m not sure how I would see the play as I am in the UK, though I’d love to visit Brazil. I know my Brazilian edition Desconstruindo Una is doing very well. Perhaps you have a video you could put on Vimeo and email me a link, using the contact page. For future reference, you are supposed to get permission from an artist before you made a work inspired by their work, otherwise you infringe their copyright. However, I think you are students, in which case it’s fine in this case. Thanks again and good luck with your artistic activities. Una

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  7. Hi, Una! My name is Pamela, i’m from Brazil. I would like to tell you that we are reading your Becoming Unbecoming in our book club named Leia Mulheres or “Read Women”. It’s a big project that we have here in Brazil to read more women. In my city, Belém, we are going to meet this Saturday to talk about what your graphic novel makes us feel. I’m sorry if my English isnt good, hope you understand. I’m happy to see that you read the comments of your readers. Thank you for your art, it means a lot to me and I think i can talk for my book club: Thanks for sharing with us. Big hug!
    Pamela Raiol.

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    1. Hi Pamela, thank you so much, I love it when book clubs read my work. A whole book club came to meet me one time at an event at the Southbank Centre, which I thought was really sweet! I suppose it would be a long way for you to come 🙂 However there is a possibility will come to Brazil at some point, though I’ll be a long distance from Belém. I’m trying to organise a visit to São Paulo. You can read more about this on my next blog post (March 1st). Follow the blog to get an automatic update. Big hug right back at you, Una

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