Don’t Try This at Home

A girl repeatedly chops her boyfriend in half, but, while her ‘other half’ multiplies, she is still not satisfied. Love transforms a mother working down the chippie – into Elvis! A woman is undone by her art, while another’s is sure to save a caravan park from extinction. Beautiful, sharp and fearless, these stories breathe. Do Try This at Home.

About the author

Angela Readman’s stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines, and have won awards including the Inkspill magazine’s Short Story Competition in 2011 and the 2012 National Flash Fiction Competition. 

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Why We Like It

  • Angela writes like no other – she is a master of the short story.
  • Who doesn’t want to chop their lover in half sometimes?
  • If Angela Carter were Readman’s fairy godmother, David Lynch would be her wicked stepfather. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

Meet Angela Readman


Photo Credit: © Kevin Howard


Angela Readman’s stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines, and have won awards including the Inkspill magazine’s Short Story Competition in 2011 and the 2012 National Flash Fiction Competition. Don’t Try This at Home, the title story of her debut collection, was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Short Story Award  – an award she would go on to win in 2013 with the story The Keeper of the Jackalopes. Readman is also a published poet.

This Pigeonhole edition of Don't Try This at Home is published in collaboration with And Other Stories. To buy their edition, complete with five previously unseen stories, just click here, go to Foyles, or for the US edition please click here.

Praise for Angela Readman

“Angela Readman’s stories are gems. Rainbow-coloured ones that probably glow in the dark and sing too. They are perfect, fizzing explosions of stories, told by a perfect storyteller. You will love them.”

Nik Perring, author of Not So Perfect

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

Sarah Hilary, author of Someone Else’s Skin

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

 “In a fantastical world of witches, saints and talking toys, Angela Readman’s characters struggle to escape the prison of their all-too-real circumstances. A wonderful, wonder-full debut collection.”

Adam Marek, author of Instruction Manual for Swallowing

 “The characters that drift through these stories are alienated from each other and from themselves, but each story shows a curiosity about the oddities of life that burns through the prose, bringing to life a world filled with surprise that is also surprisingly funny. A brave collection packed with striking concepts daringly pursued.”

Richard Beard, author of Lazarus is Dead and Director of the National Academy of Writings

 “With coolly unassuming delivery and not a single word out of place, this is storytelling at its best. A remarkable collection of delightfully skewed stories.”

Caroline Smailes, author of The Drowning of Arthur Braxton

 “[A] masterclass in the surreal … This slim volume is a great commuter read, and shows why she won the Costa Short Story Award.”

Max Wallis, 10 Best Spring Reads, Independent

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