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Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile by Adelle Stripe (signed)


Author: Adelle Stripe

We are hugely impressed by Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, Adelle Stripe's compelling debut novel. It was shortlisted for the 2017 Gordon Burn Prize. These paperback copies are all signed by the author, one of our brightest and most promising literary voices. But don't just take our word for it.... 

"Stripe's novel mixes fiction and biography in a manner that brings to mind the work of the late Gordon Burn . . . It fizzes like two Disprin in a pint of cider. The author's voice and Dunbar's mingle to create not just a portrait of an artist - funny, mischievous, reckless and truthful - but also divisions of class, geography and opportunity which continue to shape this country. You can read it in an afternoon and should; there are loo few British novels as effervescent or as relevant as this."  (Andy Miller, Spectator)

"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." (Jake Arnott, author of The Long Firm)

"A beautiful period piece of 1980s Britain, as funny and sad as anything by Dunbar herself." (Alex Preston, Observer)

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile is a literary portrayal of the Bradfordian playwright Andrea Dunbar. Best known for her classic black comedy Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Dunbar wrote three plays before dying at a tragically young age. Adelle Stripe's novel 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.

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fleet
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm