Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency
Publication date
August 7, 2014

Probably Nothing

Author and Illustrator: Matilda Tristram

Probably Nothing by Matilda Tristram – a moving, funny and inspiring graphic memoir by a woman who discovered she had cancer whilst she was pregnant.

At 31, Matilda Tristram was 17 weeks pregnant and looking forward to having her first baby. Then she discovered she had bowel cancer.

This touching and hilarious memoir in graphic novel form, which is never morose or self-pitying, starts at the moment Matilda was diagnosed and ends when her course of chemotherapy finishes. 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 style and warmth. Along the way she learns to cherish the small details of life. Her beautiful and boisterous son was born without complications and is reliably keeping her up most nights.

Charming, witty and uplifting – this unique and beautifully illustrated book will leave you cherishing the good things in life, and ready to face your own challenges.

Will be enjoyed by readers of The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and Building Stories by Chris Ware.

"Moving and gloriously matter-of-fact, and an immensely funny, touching testimony" Metro
"A funny, poignant, and beautifully illustrated picture-book memoir" Marie Claire
"Poignantly compelling" Mail on Sunday
"An autobiography at its most heartfelt and heartening" Independent
"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, Guardian
"This deeply personal memoir, written as a graphic novel is one of the most darkly funny, bittersweet and moving cartoons you will ever come across (and that includes the hunting scene in Bambi). It also has (spoiler alert) one hell of a happy ending. Add it to your basket now" Stylist