BLACK TEETH AND A BRILLIANT SMILE
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.
Observer Books of the Year 2017: “A beautiful period piece of 1980s Britain, as funny and sad as anything by Dunbar herself…”
The Spectator: “It fizzes like two Disprin in a pint of cider. Funny, mischievous, reckless and truthful… You can read it in an afternoon and should; there are too few British novels as effervescent or as relevant as this.”
Guardian: “Snaps and prickles and brings a talented, troubled woman to life… Dunbar’s energy and mischief bubble in the bleakness.’”
New Statesman: “A vivid debut novel. Stripe’s dialogue has a natural quickness and the glimpses inside Dunbar’s head are all the more powerful for being so sparingly deployed.”
The Herald: “A brilliant fictionalised account of Dunbar’s short but turbulent life on the broken-down Bradford estate where she lived and died.”
Morning Star: “The writing is fresh and impressive. A quiet precise genius informs every page.”
Caught by the River: “As in (Carol Morley’s) Dreams of a Life, a life is recreated out of years of meticulous, thoughtful research combined with an extraordinary amount of love.”
Backlisted: “It’s a bloody great book.”
The Yorkshire Post: “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.”