Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile
By Adelle Stripe
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.
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.
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02 Nov 2017
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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 — Jake Arnott, author of The Long Firm
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
This outstanding debut novel is told so naturally that it feels that we are there alongside her. A great achievement — Jenni Fagan, author of The Panopticon
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 — Niall Griffiths, author of Sheepshagger
A beautiful period piece of 1980s Britain, as funny and sad as anything by Dunbar herself — Alex Preston, Observer
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