By Jenny Downham
Published by David Fickling Books
Three women, three secrets, one heart-stopping story...
Three women at different stages of life bound together by a web of lies that only the youngest can untangle. Three women forced to confront the secrets of the past and discover exactly who they are, who they love and where they belong.
Joyful, honest, funny and ultimately life-affirming, Unbecoming is a tender, beautifully told story about family secrets, identity and the importance of owning our own narratives.
Jenny Downham is a former actress and bestselling novelist. Her first novel, Before I Die, was an international bestseller and sold 1.3 million copies worldwide. It was shortlisted for the Guardian Childrenâ€™s Fiction Prize, nominated for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize and won the Branford Boase Award. It was also adapted for film and was released as Now is Good in 2012 starring Dakota Fanning. Jennyâ€™s second novel, You Against Me won the inaugural Waterstones Teenage Book Prize in 2012. Jenny lives in London.
â€œThis life-affirming storyâ€¦ is stunningly toldâ€ â€“ The Times
â€œCompassionate, unclichÃ©d, involvingâ€ â€“ Sunday Times
â€œRich, complex and thoughtfulâ€ â€“ The Guardian
â€œA poignant tale about the importance of making the right decisions.â€ â€“ The Sun
"A beautifully drawn portrait of three generations of women, hugely ambitious in its interwoven examination of sexual identity, family secrets, torn loyalties, and the life-affirming power of breaking away from suffocating conventions." - The Daily Mail