Biography

Angela Readman is a twice-shortlisted winner of the Costa Short Story Award. Her debut story collection Don’t Try This at Home was published by And Other Stories in 2015. It won The Rubery Book Prize and was shortlisted in the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She also writes poetry, and her collection The Book of Tides was published by Nine Arches in 2016. Something Like Breathing is her first novel.

More Info

  • Angela won the Saboteur Awards Best Short Story Collection 2015; was winner of the 2015 Rubery Book Award; was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize 2015; and was winner of the 2013 Costa Short Story Award with The Keeper of the Jackalopes.
  • Read an Your One Phone Call’s interview with Angela Readman here.
  • Fiction Advocate interviews Angela Readman.
  • Angela Readman reveals how to keep being a writer in a guest blog post for Elementary V Watson.
  • Sharon Zink provides a fun insight into the world of the author. See it here.
  • Read about Don’t Try This at Home in our book section.

Reviews


Kirkus Reviews

‘Readman's narrative has an essential deadpan charm, dotted with striking, sideways observations. The story lends itself to multiple layers of interpretation and metaphor—the limits of friendship; mythmaking; the unavoidable exploration of self. An offbeat, enigmatic parable of otherness and attachment, with a style to match.’


Foreword Reviews

'This painstakingly rendered, gorgeous novel is pervaded by a sense of tense mystery . . . a skilled and beautiful portrait of a wonderful gift masked as darkness.'

Sarah Hilary on Angela Readman

‘Sparky, shining writing that zings from the page. Subversive, funny and incisive. A real talent.’

Max Liu on Angela Readman
The Independent

‘Readman writes with precision. Her stories emit suppressed yearning and she makes poignant comments about loneliness, identity, survival. Angela Carter is an obvious influence but fans of Donald Barthelme and Charles Baudelaire will cherish the emergence of a moral absurdist for our times.’

Toby Lichtig on Angela Readman
Sunday Telegraph

‘Angela Readman’s prose exhibits two complimentary styles: fabulation is rendered deadpan, while wonderfully inventive similes are used to describe the everyday. Borges, Kafka and Angela Carter will all be reference points, but there is something joyfully distinctive about Readman’s voice.’

Toby Litt on Angela Readman

‘Angela Readman’s stories are fantastic, delightful gifts.’

Toby Litt, author of Hospital and one of Granta magazine’s Best of Young British Novelists

‘Angela Readman’s stories are fantastic, delightful gifts. You don’t open them, they open you. They open you to the amazing, the tragic, the odd and the gorgeous. This is a very special collection.’

Toby Lichtig
Sunday Telegraph

‘Angela Readman’s prose exhibits two complimentary styles: fabulation is rendered deadpan, while wonderfully inventive similes are used to describe the everyday . . . [Her] medium is metaphor writ large . . . Borges, Kafka and Angela Carter will all be reference points, but there is something joyfully distinctive about Readman’s voice . . . Readman’s gift for emotional nuance is every bit as keen as her eye for the surreal.’

Max Liu
The Independent

‘Readman writes with precision. Her stories emit suppressed yearning and she makes poignant comments about loneliness, identity, survival. Angela Carter is an obvious influence but fans of Donald Barthelme and Charles Baudelaire will cherish the emergence of a moral absurdist for our times.’

Sarah Hilary, author of Someone Else’s Skin

‘Sparky, shining writing that zings from the page. Subversive, funny and incisive. A real talent.’

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