“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.