At 31, Matilda Tristram was 17 weeks pregnant and looking forward to having her first baby. Then she discovered she had cancer.
This touching and hilarious graphic memoir — or comic, as Matilda calls it — starts at the moment she was diagnosed, and ends when her course of chemotherapy finished in October 2013. Recording the awkward conversations, the highs and lows of treatment, the mixed blessings of receiving ‘Get Well’ cards, and the reality of still having to queue too long for croissants, Matilda captures her experiences with characteristic style and warmth.
Her beautiful and boisterous son was born without complications and is reliably keeping her up most nights.
“A beautiful account... Apart from how funny Tristram’s comic is, it’s hard to pinpoint what makes it so magnetic... the honesty makes you feel, as a reader, like a companion on her journey.” — Zoe Williams, The Guardian.
Matilda Tristram studied animation at the Royal College of Art, and has worked as a children’s writer, lecturer and filmmaker. She was co-writer on two animated shows for CBeebies with Ragdoll Productions, The Adventures of Abney and Teal and Dipdap, which won a BAFTA.
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to the registered charity Beating Bowel Cancer.
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