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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  15 reviews
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, which is never morose or self-pitying, starts at the moment Matilda was diagnosed and ends when her course of chemotherapy finishes in October 2013. Recording the awkward conversations, the highs and lows
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published August 7th 2014 by Penguin Viking
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Jessica Reads & Rambles
Just had to have a little cry at the end there!

A terribly sad but remarkably heartwarming graphic 'novel' (it's actually autobiographical), about Matilda dealing with a pregnancy and eventual motherhood, whilst tackling cancer and treatment.

'Probably Nothing' depicts a very emotional time period from Mathilda going through such a unique experience, that most will never be able to sympathise with, and obviously this read is understandably melancholic. But Matilda manages to maintain an inspiring
I’ve read an awful lot of cancer memoirs. This one is unique in that it’s in the form of a graphic novel. Tristram was 13 weeks pregnant when she went to the emergency room for persistent vomiting and stomach pain and was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She underwent surgery to remove a tumor and had six months of chemotherapy and a colostomy bag, all while trying to prepare for motherhood and then actually be a mother to baby James. It’s gently funny (“People say that having cancer makes them more ...more
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
3.5 stars

A graphic memoir of pregnancy and cancer. Matilda Tristram was 15 weeks pregnant when she was unexpectedly diagnosed with bowel cancer. Probably Nothing describes her decisions about treatment, she chose to have chemotherapy and go forward with her pregnancy. Chemo while pregnant and with a new born really doesn't sound like fun, not that it ever sounds fun.

Matilda documents her daily experiences, and also the small things that she now notices that she wouldn't have seen before like th
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Honest comic on a hard year of pregnancy while battling cancer. While describing very difficult times the author manages to include some comic parts and balance the hard stuff out with her observations of the small and bigger good things around her.
I really liked this graphic memoir. It was touching and interesting.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Never read a book with a story quite like this. I don't remember anymore where I learned about this (I thought it was from a Library Journal spotlight on Graphic Medicine, but I can't find that article anymore, maybe I dreamt that). Well reviewed on the official Graphic Medicine project website, by MK, the Graphic Nurse herself. The intersection of a cancer narrative and a pregnancy narrative, well really, her experience of both at the same time, was at some times quite harrowing and overwhelmin ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Matilda Tristram sent me her book, Probably Nothing: A Diary of not-your-average Nine Months, and it’s one of those books that begs to be finished in one sitting (I did it in two, but only because I had to tear myself away for something urgent – otherwise I could have chugged along without caring about the time!) It’s a graphic memoir that recounts her journey – from finding out she had cancer while she was pregnant at 17 weeks, to giving birth to James, and to the end of her chemotherapy. I lov ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matilda ci racconta uno stralcio della sua vita: alla 17esima settimana di gestazione scopre di avere un tumore all'intestino. Inizia un calvario: il dilemma su come procedere, le conseguenze fisiche e psichiche delle decisioni prese e delle terapie sopportate. Un marito premuroso e una rete amicale e familiare molto forte e il suo senso dell'umorismo hanno dato come frutto oltre allo stupendo James anche questa bella graphic novel, sincera talora dura, altre volte struggente e spesso anche dive ...more
Joseph Young
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not a huge fan of the art style. Book left me simultaneously wanting either more detail or less. Felt like this type of format doesn't do enough justice to this type of story.

To be honest, there were some parts where it seemed like the author was striking back in anger that resonated poorly with me. These were infrequent, but still triggered personal negative feelings in me due to my personal situation. Eg, most people probably would be fine with it and wouldn't have the same reaction I do to i
Claudia Hussain
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had to pace myself with this book - I found it uplifting and funny at times and totally honest and angry, despairing at others. A real emotional rollercoaster which was enhanced by the totally wonderful cartoon which accompanied the writing. The one tiny complaint was ..... I wanted more of the 'after', what happened once treatment finished, how did she feel?

Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Tells the stoy, in comic book form, of Matilda Tristram's experience of bowel cancer and chemotherapy while pregnant with her first child. Poignant, funny, informative and life-affirming. It will change you. ...more
Hayley Butler
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While the idea that it is a graphic book may put some off, this book explores the journey of Matilda as she deals with not only her pregnancy but also her cancer diagnosis and chemo. It isn't all serious but also focuses on the positives that happen during this difficult time. ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Honest, funny, emotional.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tristram was unlucky enough to be diagnosed with bowel cancer while pregnant. This visual diary documents her story which has a happy ending.
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Definitely a different format than anything else in the LRC! Touching story (graphic novel??) of a woman's concurrent pregnancy and cancer. Short read, good for a student who needs to fill a gap in their reading selective. ...more
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