Philippa Morris, of Petergate’s Little Apple Bookshop, has made Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile ‘Book of the Week’ in this weekend’s York Press…
“The novel is gripping and written with real insight. The Buttershaw estate is described in gruesome detail, as is the violence Dunbar experiences and the poignant unravelling of her young life. It is not all grim though: there are plenty of funny anecdotes. I particularly enjoyed the bits when Andrea goes to London to work on her play. It is so far removed from her own world and the way Stripe describes it brings into clarity how fake it must have seemed to Dunbar.
At one point, someone spends £48 on a round of cocktails (more than most people earn in a week) and Dunbar keeps the receipt to show her mum.
This is a story about the difficulty of having no aspirations or expectations and about having no one to help or guide you through an alien environment. A gritty northern novel everyone should read.”