- Read more about Angela Readman in our author’s section.
- Angela Readman’s short story collection Don’t Try this at Home is also available for purchase.
- Read Angela Readman’s post-war women’s literature reading list on Electric Lit.
- Check out Angela Readman’s Momus questionaire on Minor Literature[s].
‘Something Like Breathing is an auspicious work from a writer unusually skilled with language and subtext. It’s a sad, serious, beautiful novel worth diving into head first.’
'From the wilderness of the setting to seminal moments in the girls’ friendship, Readman captures her subjects with ease and clarity. Something Like Breathing is a charming debut whose young voices beguile from the beginning and impart their lessons with a light touch along the way.'
'Readman's strength lies... in capturing that teenage state of in-betweenness'
‘Beautifully bittersweet, this first novel is a rich evocation of youth and a joyous celebration of individuality.’
‘This is a significant book that belongs to and will endure this time of change for women, it is a love story about the way women love one another...This is a book made with a scalpel: precise cuts, made by a skilled hand, for the sake of healing.’
‘Readman weaves a fascinating and decidedly original fairytale.’
‘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.’
'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
‘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
‘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.’