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Billy, Me & You by Nicola Streeten

Highly Commended - British Medical Association Book Award: Popular Medical Category 2012

A moving, surprisingly funny, and inspiring graphic memoir by a woman who lost her two-year-old son after heart surgery, Billy, Me & You is a bracing and memorable account of recovery after bereavement.

"Several close friends of mine have lost a child… This beautiful book, by Nicola Streeten, gave me a rare insight into something of what they went through." - Julie Hesmondhalgh, Observer

Paperback, 208 pages
Size: 152mm x 230mm

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Nicola Streeten’s little boy, Billy, was two years old when he died following heart surgery for problems diagnosed only a few days earlier. Ten years later, Streeten revisited her diaries and notebooks made at the time: this wonderfully vibrant narrative recounts how she and her partner recovered.

Gut-wrenchingly sad at times, her graphic memoir is an unforgettable portrayal of trauma and our reaction to it – and, especially, the humour or absurdity so often involved in our responses. As Streeten’s story unfolds and we follow her and her partner’s heroic efforts to cope with well-meaning friends and day-to-day realities, we begin to understand what she means by her aim to create a ‘dead baby story that is funny’. Streeten is the first British woman to have published a graphic memoir.

"The death of a child has to be the worst thing imaginable that could happen to parents. It's an extraordinary subject for a graphic memoir. Streeten kept a diary after the sudden death of her two-year-old son, Billy. She has used it as the basis for her debut graphic novel, so it provides insight into surviving what for most of us hardly even bears thinking about. It is a surprise then to find it provokes laughter as well as tears. The combination of journal format and naïve artwork somehow helps to make reading about grief and loss not only bearable but entertaining." - Guardian: Brian and Mary Talbot's Top 10 Graphic Memoirs

Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Myriad Editions (27 Oct. 2011)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-956559-94-4
Size: 152mm x 230mm

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ISBN 978-0-956559-94-4
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