Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile is a novel inspired by the life and work of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar, who is best known for her 1980s black comedy, Rita, Sue and Bob Too. This unforgettable piece of kitchen-sink noir reveals how a shy and skint teenage girl defied her circumstances to become one of her generation’s greatest dramatists. It features both real and imagined characters and is set on the Buttershawestate in Bradford during the Thatcher era.


“Snaps and prickles and brings a talented, troubled woman to life. [Stripe] gives an important story a real spark: Dunbar’s energy and mischief bubble in the bleakness.” – The Guardian

Rights Profile

Rights Available
World, all languages
B-edition rights sold to Fleet in September 2017 through Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander

Original Language

Samples Available
Full text available in English



Publication Date

July 2017


Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile on the Wrecking Ball Press website