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Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

Adelle Stripe

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A compelling debut novel that heralds a bright new voice on the literary scene: shortlisted for the 2017 Gordon Burn Prize.

Best known for her classic black comedy Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Andrea Dunbar wrote three plays before dying at a tragically young age. This new literary portrayal features a cast of real and imagined characters set against the backdrop of the infamous Buttershaw estate during the Thatcher era.

A bittersweet tale of the north/south divide, it reveals how a shy teenage girl defied the circumstances into which she was born and went on to become one of her generation's greatest dramatists. BLACK TEETH AND A BRILLIANT SMILE is a poignant piece of kitchen sink noir that tells Dunbar's compelling story in print for the very first time.

Adelle Stripe's writing has been described as a 'genuine breath of fresh air'. BLACK TEETH AND A BRILLIANT SMILE is her keenly anticipated debut novel.

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Praise for Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

  • Snaps and prickles and brings a talented, troubled woman to life. [Stripe] gives an important story a real spark: Dunbar s energy and mischief bubble in the bleakness - Guardian

  • An impressively accomplished and important first novel. In a beautifully rendered double narrative Adelle Stripe gives voice to a lost genius. Heartfelt, passionate and profoundly relevant

  • Everything about this novel, the stuff of it, is wondrously, awfully, beautifully alive, as teeming and seething and tragic as Andrea Dunbar's own wild work and life. My book of the year so far

  • Stitched together from letters and scripts, newspaper cutting and fractured memory, it is an undeniably harsh, yet fair portrait of one of the UK s most original voices - Yorkshire Post

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Adelle Stripe

Adelle Stripe was born in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire.

Her debut novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile received the K Blundell Trust Award for Fiction.
Adelle is the author of three chapbook collections of poetry. The most recent, Dark Corners of the Land, was 3:AM Magazine's Poetry Book of the Year. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Quietus, Caught by the River, Mineshaft Magazine and Chiron Review.
She lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK.