Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency
Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date
June 2, 2016


Author: Laura Jane Williams

When the man Laura Jane Williams thought she would wed dumped her and married her friend, she was devastated. Empty. Drinking too much, sleeping around, and moving from place-to-place in a refusal to put down roots, she tried to fill the void – the gaping hole – that heartbreak had left behind. She wanted control. To grab life by the balls. To live boldly. But, she rapidly learned it wasn’t that simple.

Resolving that life couldn’t go on as it was – that the backlog of men and sadness that haunted her would not define her – Laura declared a year-long vow of celibacy, ultimately finding herself in a Riviera convent as she slowly put pieces of herself back together.

An honest exploration of a young woman’s soul and a road trip through Italy, America, Paris and… Derby, BECOMING is a book that makes you laugh and makes you cry, but most of all? It makes you realise that even when the going gets tough, no one is really f*cking up like they think they are.

"A coming of age tale about self-discovery, self-love and self-worth, Becoming is an uplifting and inspiring tale that will encourage readers to see the beauty in the every day and to live life on purpose – which is, perhaps, the biggest gift of all." The Lit Edit
"LJ's honesty and voice are unique in a crowded market." Stylist
"...a cult hit." Grazia
"Everyone is writing about sex. Some are even doing it. Haven't we all been waiting for someone to look at what happens when you opt out, and to do it with not only humour...but also true empowerment? Call off the search. At last, here she is." The Guyliner
"Laura's singular voice challenges the endless pressure to be perfect. She's never anything less than honest and authentic, and her growing legions of fans are a true testament to the power of her words. If you've ever felt a little lost, I hope this book finds its way to you." Daisy Buchanan