Not Her Real Name and Other Stories

Perkins captures perfectly the intense world of love, art and waitressing in this debut collection of short stories. She brings modern life into harsh and comic focus with a cinematic vision for character and dialogue and a cast of young and painfully vulnerable metropolitans.

Prizes and Reviews for Not Her Real Name



Winner, 1997 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize
Winner, 1997 Montana Book Award, Best First Fiction
Shortlisted, 1997 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize



5 stars, and

‘A stunning first collection: addictive, smart, scary, wise and profoundly funny. Perkins has the enviable Alice Munro knack of crafting tiny stories with the scope of novels, characters who convince within a paragraph, dialogue which stings with its unresolved sadness and comfortless truths.’ Julie Myerson

‘Her observation can be lacerating and her treatment of humour, confusion, obsession and almost wilful despair her characters find in relationships is first rate.’ A. L. Kennedy