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By Adelle Stripe


“You write what’s said, you don’t lie. Or say it didn’t happen when it did all the time…”

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile is a novel inspired by the life and work of the Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.

Best known for her classic black comedy Rita, Sue and Bob Too, 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.



Additional Information

Weight 0.322 kg
Dimensions 23 x 15 x 1.5 cm

Product Detail

  • Pages : 182
  • Cover :
  • Language : English
  • Publisher : Wrecking Ball Press
  • ISBN : 978-1-903110-56-0
  • Dimensions :
  • Released : 1st July 2017

About The Author


Adelle Stripe was born in 1976 and grew up in Tadcaster. She is the recipient of the 2016 K Blundell Trust Award for Fiction and teaches Creative Writing at MMU. 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 featured in publications including The Guardian, Stool Pigeon, Caught by the River, Mineshaft Magazine and Chiron Review. Her poem, The Humber Star, was performed at John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux at Hull 2017 and she has recently recorded vocals and lyrics for Smagghe & Cross. She lives in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, UK.