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Hiscox Debut Authors – Adelle Stripe and Mick Kitson

September 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm


Adelle Stripe and Mick Kitson are both debut novelists, it is true, but neither is a newcomer to the art of writing. Stripe is a poet with four collections to her name; Kitson has been a journalist and, as one half of 80s pop band The Senators (the other half being his older brother, Jim), a lyricist.

Stripe’s novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, is, in the words of one review, “a piece of kitchen sink noir”. It is inspired by the life and work of playwright Andrea Dunbar, best known for her short, troubled private life and for her play Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1982), which was later made into a film. Black Teeth is a fictionalised account of Dunbar’s life growing up on a Bradford estate in the Thatcherite 80s.

In Kitson’s Sal, the 13-year-old protagonist and her sister, ten, are on the run from poverty and sexual abuse. Hiding out in the wilds of Scotland, they evade the police and social services by living rough and catching rabbit and pike. Then they meet Ingrid, a hippy survivalist, and their life takes an entirely new direction…


September 30, 2018
12:00 pm
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White Horse Bookshop
136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom