Katie Razzell report for Channel 4 News 6 Nov 2011
The Guardian 15 October 2011 A remarkable book...it is searchingly honest, and desperately sad at times. At others, it is genuinely very funny. Quite a feat. Read full review
Herald Scotland 16 October 2011 Billy, Me & You comes in a plain yellow wraparound cover and, if you open it up, Nicola Streeten's drawings are at first glance crude and unsophisticated (no borders etched out in Arabic script here). But once you start to read, you can see it's not so much crude as raw, a red-eyed, fist-in-the-gut account of how Streeten and her partner (and their friends and family) dealt with – or didn't – the death of their two-year-old son Billy after heart surgery.
What's most remarkable is that it will make you laugh. And then there are moments that will tear your heart open. Read full article
The Independent 6 December 2011 Child bereavement may not sound like material for a comic strip, but graphic books can explore human pain with honesty and wit. A moving and often unexpectedly funny memoir.Read full article
Irish Independent 10 December 2011
Drawing the unsayable
The uncertainty of some of the drawing adds an extra layer of fragility to the story, as if you feel the drawing itself is affected by the emotions at play. Read full article
Outlook, BBC World Service 9 January 2012
Nicola discusses the circumstances of Billy's death and the grieving process with Matthew Bannister - (about 15 minutes in). Listen to the programme here
Newsweek 9 & 16 January 2012, p50 Not Your Sunday Morning Cartoons, Maya Jaggi
Ham & High 20 January 2012 the book was never intended as a form of therapy. Instead it is a poignant, and at times darkly funny, look at how we deal with loss. Read full article
The Guardian: Bryan and Mary Talbot's top 10 graphic memoirs 18 April 2012 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. Read full list here
Psychologies Magazine September 2013 Getting Graphic, Rachel Cooke a taboo-busting and, at times, very funny graphic memoir of grief and recovery Read full article
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The Observer New Review http://gu.com/p/4fycb/sbl
Page 45 October 2011 The most profoundly moving graphic novel I personally have ever read bar none.
[Nicola Streeten's] clarity in explaining the sequence of events and her initial emotional turmoil is just astonishing and so very touching...there is actually also a considerable amount of humour in this section of the work, as we are frequently treated to her thoughts in response to the comments of others, which range from the truly caring to the completely unhelpful, and indeed the occasionally utterly bizarre and inane.
This is probably one of the very few works out there that not only has the power to heal, but also the power to inform people how best to practically help and support someone suffering such from overwhelming emotional trauma. Read full review
Fabtoons 21 October 2011 Streeten's honesty at revealing some of her less generous thoughts, along with her sense of humour, manage to keep this sensitive material far from grim, while remaining extremely moving. I see this book in the same revolutionary vein [as punk rock], its artwork not seeking to soothe the reader with beautiful images, but rewarding with its raw emotion, and an ultimately uplifting message, those who can look beyond aesthetic orthodoxy . Read full post
Forbidden Planet 25 October 2011 This has a universal, empathetic appeal...To say it's moving really undervalues Billy, Me & You. It is, of course, how could it not be, given the subject matter. But it's so much more than that. For a start it's a page turner, a single sitting read, a truly satisfying journey undertaken with the author. The emotional intensity comes through her art, and its openess and roughness is endearing, welcoming, personal and real.
This is a hugely personal memoir that serves so many purposes...This is entertaining, original, thought provoking stuff. Read full review
Broken Frontier 24 October 2011 In just the first few pages…Streeten establishes a rapport with the readership that is never lost throughout the entirety of this graphic diary. Every so often a graphic novel comes along that shakes you up from a jaded malaise and makes you remember that comics are a medium that has the power to share experience and express emotion like no other. Incisively perceptive, uncompromisingly observant and keenly insightful, Billy, Me & You is not just an astonishing piece of comics material in its own right but also an ambassador for the criminally overlooked work of the small press. Read full review
Pamreader I've read this book repeatedly since it landed through my letter box. I've cried, laughed and often found myself nodding in agreement while thinking 'that's so true'. Billy, Me & You is extraordinarily unflinching and honest as Nicola reflects on the grieving process with compassion, humour and humility. This is a novel that will resonate with anyone who has experienced the devastating loss of someone they love. Read full review
Its all about the comics 17 November 2011 Nicola's background may be academic (she self-referentially quotes Freud and Foucalt and talks about her and her husband's unshakable belief in 'the talking cure' but she is by no means stilted or boring. Read full post
Parliament of Dreams 19 April 2012 The only thing that matters is whether an artist has something worth saying and the ability to say it well. In Billy, Me & You, Nicola Streeten has both. Given its subject, the book is naturally moving, but its humour, honesty and insight are certainly not inevitable. They are the result of artistry – the alchemy of turning the lead of everyday lives into the gold of art. Read review here
Psychologies Magazine March 2012
Write up of the Names Not Numbers event organised by Editorial Intelligence Read article
For Books Sake 8 April 2014 This début graphic novel is a groundbreaking and moving memoir dealing
with the death of a child Read review here
Interviews, conversations, podcasts
Comica Conversation at Orbital Comics 26 November 2011
A Comica conversation between graphic novelists Nicola Streeten and Sarah Leavitt.
Highly commended in the British Medical Association Book Awards, 2012
in the Popular Medicine category This book is for all of us who have suffered bereavement or witnessed the grief of others. This is an easy-to-read book which gives bereaved families 'permission' to feel different emotions at different times…it would be good to keep in a public library for people to access if they feel they are ready.