Bold, beautiful and spiky, Angela Readman’s stories are both magical and real. Following her acclaimed debut Don’t Try This at Home
, in this new collection, she approaches the fairy tale with a scalpel. The Girls are Pretty Crocodiles
reads like a love letter to girlhood and a ransom note to all the fairy tales we have been told. In her prize-winning work '
The Story Never Told'
, an illiterate woman sells fairy tales for a book she knows will never have her name on the cover. In '
What’s Inside a Girl'
, a class takes lessons on dating invisible girls.
Dark, funny and surreal, these stories explore, challenge and ultimately transform the traditional fairy tale narrative. Women learn to be origami, climb into swan skins, feed wolves, flip burgers and snog kelpies. In dazzling prose that remains matter-of-fact, these tales take to task the happy endings we have been sold. Otherworldly, yet down to earth, The Girls are Pretty Crocodiles
discovers the hidden voice in the stories we know and reveals the magic of working-class lives. These stories have teeth. “Angela Readman’s stories have a
compelling intimacy and gorgeous imagery, and are often deeply
moving – highly recommended reading.” Alison Moore, author of
Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse
Readman’s subtly dark stories rip the covers from the everyday. She turns its
innocents and introverts inside-out before us, meanwhile exposing secret
rituals and Chinese-whispery legends from all our suffocating and
self-contained neighbourhoods. Throughout this new collection, the other Angela
– Carter – hangs on Readman’s shoulder as she creates an eerie new folklore for
fraught times. These are the stories we always knew existed but were never
brave enough to tell, even to ourselves.” Ashley
Stokes, author of Gigantic, Unsung
“A poetic recontextualising of
fairy tales and folklore, The Girls Are Pretty Crocodiles
manages to be
both playful and dangerous, often in the same sentence. Readman deserves to be
mentioned in the same breath as Kirsty Logan and Marina Warner, as one of the
natural successors to Angela Carter.” Dan Coxon, author of Only The
Broken Remain and editor of This Dreaming Isle