Virago has acquired a graphic novel as part of a strategy to begin publishing the genre on its list for the first time.
Eve by Una, is the story of a mother and daughter struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
Savitt acquired world all languages rights to publish the second book, Eve, by the Yorkshire-based artist, academic and comics creator known solely as Una from Becky Thomas at Johnson & Alcock. The dystopia is said to have "provocative parallels with our current political reality", exploring themes of motherhood, community and survival. Una is also the author of graphic memoir Becoming/ Unbecoming which was published by Myriad in the UK and was chosen as one of Oprah.com’s Best Memoirs of 2016. Virago will publish Eve in 2020.
Savitt said: "Some of the most original graphic novelists working today are women, so it feels fitting and thrilling that Virago will launch a boutique graphic novel strand in 2018. I can’t think of a more perfect artist to inaugurate this new venture. I loved Una’s heart-stopping memoir Becoming/ Unbecoming, which has been embraced by so many readers around the world as a devastating exploration of gender-based violence as well as a startlingly beautiful graphic book; so I am proud to be publishing her second book, which promises to be just as inventive, gorgeous and thought-provoking."