Dead Men’s Teeth

“In Dead Men’s Teeth and Other Stories Jamie Rhodes has mined and minted gold from the British Library Archives. Inspired by sources as various as a ship’s surgeon’s log, verbatim interviews, diaries or even advertisements for false teeth, Rhodes gives us glimpses into unexpected places, the forgotten corners of history, in stories told with the authentic weirdness of truth; touching, quirky and humane.” Olivia Hetreed, BAFTA nominated screenwriter of Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Wuthering Heights (2011 film). President of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

A young woman thrown into the macabre world of nineteenth century dentistry; a ship’s surgeon aboard a diseased indenture vessel; a drug-addled Georgian aristocrat seeking love on the frozen Thames; a Cornish miner in the California gold rush. Just some of the weird and wonderful characters you will meet in this collection of tales inspired by the British Library archives.

We are delighted that our Untold Lives blog inspired this set of short stories created from ‘the small but beautiful details of real lives’ in the British Library archive collections.”  Margaret Makepeace, Curator, India Office Records

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