When we heard Angela Readman’s Don’t Try This at Home had been shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize back in May, we weren’t all that surprised. The power of her vision, and the complex, dark humour of her prose had already won her many other accolades – the Costa Short Story Award, a Saboteur Award, the Rubery Book Prize, first place in the Mslexia Short Story Competition.
What we were instead, was overjoyed. To see someone who has had such a long journey to their first short story collection be recognised for that very first collection really means something.
It was in celebration of this recognition that we decided to dedicate a fortnight to Angela Readman on our blog, Ampersand. With original posts, as well as links to our favourite reviews, quotes, and interviews, and some of the author’s own poetry, we wanted to draw attention back to her fantastic, surreal and characterful book.
You can read the posts here. We hope you’ll enjoy them.