Angel Caging

Angel Caging

by Martin Reed


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Angel Caging by Martin Reed

An astonishing debut collection - twenty-nine short and very short stories by Martin Reed. "Angel Caging is funny, startling and sometimes profound" - Jo Cannon, author.

A stand-up comic searches for the funny side of childhood depression and copulating ponies. A father and son bond through pig abuse. Fruit flies get organised. An interstellar poet learns the hard way about time dilation. Turkeys celebrate the fall of man. A woman loses her words while her husband watches X Factor.

These stories are by turns haunting, evocative, absurd and human.

Martin Reed’s short fiction has been published widely in print and online. This is his first collection.


From the cover:

“'It rapes carpets. Nice pedal,' said Mags. It wasn't what she was trying to say. Not nearly. Not again, she thought.”

How do we get out when the world traps us inside? There is no single escape for the characters in these twenty-nine short and very short stories. Some of them break, some unwind, some rewind, some leave the planet, some scream at the wind, others lock themselves away and forget they were ever here. One or two simply ascend. It's often the only practical way out of the cage.

Martin Reed's short fiction has been published widely in print and online. This is his first collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995713604
Publisher: Martin Reed
Publication date: 12/30/2016
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Martin Reed lives in London with his partner and two children. He works for The Society of Authors and is currently editing his first novel and drafting a second. His short fiction has been published widely in print and online. Angel Caging is his first collection. / @IamMartinReed

Table of Contents

  1. Learning the pig - p1
  2. Relative to Elsa - p4
  3. A portrait of our sofa - p12
  4. Orange in ascension - p14
  5. Subject #286 (boy, new shoes, bomb damage) - p16
  6. From Gdansk, yours - p19
  7. Sheena, up a mountain, wearing flip-flops - p22
  8. Muriel the goose - p34
  9. Lola loves loving - p38
  10. Because Daddy wasn’t - p40
  11. Retrospective with Mum - p42
  12. Something three - p44
  13. Turkey republic - p47
  14. Knuckle - p49
  15. The heart of noise - p52
  16. The rest is harvest - p54
  17. Twenty-three per cent teal child - p56
  18. Norm’s punchline - p59
  19. With Gad up top - p67
  20. A hug from Rumpelbitchkin - p70
  21. Inbetweening - p75
  22. Instructions for lighting candles - p80
  23. The dust vault - p86
  24. The Malmers’ special - p96
  25. The suit whisperer - p101
  26. You and Rick Wilson - p107
  27. Angel caging - p112
  28. Mumma smudge - p116
  29. Jeremy in mauve - p119

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