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Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

Adelle Stripe

Published by Fleet

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.

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

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.