Books

My Diary

Mio Matsumoto (and others)

February 2002. Mio Matsumoto, a Japanese student at the Royal College of Art in London, finds what she thinks is an ulcer on her tongue. In July she decides that she ought to have it looked at. When her dentist recommends a biopsy, Mio, scared, decides to return to Japan. There she is diagnosed with cancer.

My Diary is Mio Matsumoto's brilliantly drawn diary of the five months she spends in treatment. In it she writes about - and illustrates - her fears, her feelings, her darkest moments, as well as brilliantly observed and often painfully funny scenes from hospital life - the boredom, the food, the enemas, the other patients, the doctor she has a crush on...

This is a marvellous book - funny, frightening, unsentimental and utterly real.

Biography

Mio Matsumoto was born in Kobe. She did a BA in Illustration at Kingston University from 1998 to 2001, and then an MA in Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art from 2001-3. She works as an illustrator and lives in Tokyo.