Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile has been longlisted for the Portico Prize’s 2019 award for fiction. The £10,000 prize is awarded for outstanding literature that best evokes the spirit of the North, and was once described as ‘the Booker of the North’. It is open to literature across the formats of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
The longlist of 17 books, selected by the Portico Prize’s newly formed Society of Readers and Writers, explores the myriad themes of identity, belonging, gender, class and the meaning of place – all connected by the spirit of the North.
Of the eight fiction titles on the list, four are debut novels: Saltwater (Sceptre) by Jessica Andrews, a story of self-discovery by a girl from Sunderland who moves to London; Ironopolis (Parthian) by Glen James Brown, set on a fictional council estate in post-industrial Middlesbrough; Black Car Burning (Chatto & Windus), a love letter to Helen Mort’s home town of Sheffield; and Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile (Fleet) by Adelle Stripe, a novel inspired by the life of Bradford playwright, Andrea Dunbar.
Read more about this year’s prize at The Bookseller…