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Author Talk - Adelle Stripe in conversation with George Costigan

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Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile is a novel inspired by the life and work of 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.

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile is Adelle’s debut novel and received the K Blundell Trust Award for Fiction.

It is shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2017.


George Costigan has been a motor-parts storeman, a trainee accountant, another trainee accountant (both failed) a steel-worker, an insurance clerk, a wood-cutter, a bookseller, a record salesman, a book-keeper for a wedding-dress business – and then someone asked him to be in a play.

Although a consumate actor on stage, screen and TV, George is probably best-known for appearances in TV's Happy Valley and his seminal lead in Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987). More recently, he has published his first novel, The Single Soldier.

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