"...a cult hit"
"LJ’s honesty and voice are unique in a crowded market"
When the man Laura Jane Williams thought she'd 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 fucking up like they think they are.
‘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'
Read the press surrounding BECOMING in:
Red Magazine. The Telegraph. The Metro. Buzzfeed. The Sun. The Daily Mail. Stylist Magazine. Grazia. On The Late Late Show with James Cordon. On George Takei's Facebook page. The Express. The Daily Star. Interview with Bianca Bass. Interview with Bloggeration. Interview with Betty & Co. Gap Year. The Financial Diet. Wonderful You. The Bookseller.
I also talked about BECOMING on: BBC Tees, BBC Derby, BBC Cornwall, BBC Oxford, BBC Somerset, BBC Cumbria, BBC Devon, and BBC Birmingham.
Praise for BECOMING:
"If you've ever felt a little lost, I hope this book finds its way to you"
Praise for BECOMING:
“From terrible sex with terrible men to passionate soul-bonding with dreamy virgins, Laura Jane has run the gauntlet of 20-something female romantic experiences…”
“Laura Jane says the things that so many women are afraid to say from the fear of being judged and labelled.”
“Laura’s writing is raw, honest… poignant, thought-provoking, funny, heartbreaking.”
“A magnetic storyteller…”
“Laura invites her readers inside her heads and treats them to even the most intimate thoughts…”
“Laura's writing allows you to be on her journey with her - a place sometimes spectacularly uncomfortable or heart-wrenching, and at others a pure delight.”
“Laura's honesty, grit, 'oh my god' moments and her determination to find (and love) herself made me laugh, cry and cheer her on whilst inspiring me to feel I can do the same in my own life.”
“Laura's voice is so distinct, and completely relatable.”
“…the transparency, grit and honesty in Laura's words made me cry, laugh, cheer her on while at the same giving the belief I can do the same.”
“Laura Jane manages to put in words how so many of us feel.”
“…honest, thoughtful and inspiring.”
“Laura's bravery is inspiring and writing compelling.”
“…refreshingly honest, raw, powerful…”
“I laughed, I cried, I saw myself in all the insecurities, in the heartache and in the love.”
“There's nothing picture perfect about Laura's story, it's messy, honest, raw, and real. But that's what has made her such a wonderful writer, and why she has such a loyal following.”
“Breath of fresh air for writers my age.”
“Honest. Funny. Heartbreakingly real.”
“Gripping read… heartfelt, honest, raw truth.”
“Williams is uniquely skilled at capturing the awkwardness and raw sensuality of casual encounters.”