“A beautiful period piece of 1980s Britain, as funny and sad as anything by Dunbar herself.”

Alex Preston, Observer (Books of the Year 2017)

 “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 too few British novels as effervescent and as relevant as this.”

Andy Miller, Spectator

“Snaps and prickles and brings a talented, troubled woman to life. Dunbar’s energy and mischief bubble in the bleakness.”


“This vivid debut novel tells the story of the ‘genius of the slums’, who grew up on Bradford’s Buttershaw estate and whose writing painted a blackly comic portrait of ‘Thatcher’s Britain with her knickers down’. Stripe’s dialogue has a natural quickness and the glimpses inside Dunbar’s head are all the more powerful for being so sparingly deployed.”

New Statesman

“An elegant, loving, powerful book.”

Caught by the River (Book of the Month)


Michael Arditti, BBC R4 Saturday Review Podcast

“A brilliant fictionalised account of Dunbar’s short but turbulent life on the broken-down Bradford estate where she lived and died.”

The Herald

“It’s a bloody great book.”

Backlisted Podcast



Interrogating the Past – This Year’s Gordon Burn Prize Shortlist – Foyles

Rita, Sue and Bob Too Today: Andrea Dunbar’s Truth Stills Haunts Us – Guardian

Fleet Acquires Andrea Dunbar-inspired Kitchen Sink Noir – Bookseller

I’m Drawn to Strong Women – Morning Star

The Genius we Never Discuss – Yorkshire Post

Rita, Sue and Bob Too: A Snapshot of 80s Britain – BBC News

You Make Your Own Culture – Minor Literatures

A Rollercoaster Ride through Bold Music – Guardian

John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux – Times & Financial Times