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 novel length comic, 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 September 2015 in the UK, the book has been featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Oprah.com, Newsweek and Vanity Fair. It has been translated into several languages: by Astiberri in Spain, Soulfood Comics in The Netherlands, Nemo in Brazil and there is a slightly different North American edition published by Arsenal Pulp in Canada and the US.

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.

 

6 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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  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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