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Alan Bradley - Author


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Alan Bradley was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. With an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, where he remained for 25 years before taking early retirement to write in 1994.

He became the first President of the Saskatoon Writers, and a founding member of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. His children’s stories were published in The Canadian Children’s Annual, and his short story, Meet Miss Mullen, was the first recipient of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children’s Literature.

For a number of years, he regularly taught Script Writing and Television Production courses at the University of Saskatchewan (Extension Division) at both beginner and advanced levels.
His fiction has been published in literary journals and he has given many public readings in schools and galleries. His short stories have been broadcast by CBC Radio.

He was a founding member of The Casebook of Saskatoon, a society devoted to the study of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockian writings. Here, he met the late Dr. William A.S. Sarjeant, with whom he collaborated on their classic book, Ms Holmes of Baker Street. This work put forth the startling theory that the Great Detective was a woman, and was greeted upon publication with what has been described as “a firestorm of controversy”.

The release of Ms. Holmes resulted in national media coverage, with the authors embarking upon an extensive series of interviews, radio and television appearances, and a public debate at Toronto’s Harbourfront. His lifestyle and humorous pieces have appeared in The Globe and Mail and The National Post.

His book The Shoebox Bible (McClelland and Stewart, 2006) has been compared with Tuesdays With Morrie and Mr. God, This is Anna. In July of 2007 he won the Debut Dagger Award of the (British) Crimewriter’s Association for his novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first of a series featuring eleven year old Flavia de Luce.

Alan Bradley lives in Malta, with his wife Shirley and two calculating cats.

Author photo © Shirley Bradley

If you like Alan Bradley you might also like to read books by Lisa Lutz, M.C. Beaton and Simon Brett.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Alan Bradley

Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
Speaking from Among the Bones
Alan Bradley
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award at CrimeFest 2014. Why would anyone want to kill the much-admired organist in such a brutal and bizarre fashion? Why place his body in the tomb? And what happened to the remains of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
A Red Herring Without Mustard
Alan Bradley
The 3rd in the award-winning, charming and wonderful Flavia de Luce detective series. Once again Flavia is tracking down the ne’er-do-wells of Bishop's Lacey after a gypsy fortune teller reveals a dark secret about her dead mother. Flavia de...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2012
I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
I am Half-Sick of Shadows
Alan Bradley
The fourth novel in Alan Bradley's addictive Flavia de Luce mystery series. Flavia de Luce series:1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie2. The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag3. A Red...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/11/2011
The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag
Alan Bradley
The second outing for the wonderful Flavia de Luce. Flavia investigates another murder in Bishops Lacey and tries to track down the ingenious killer using her powers of deduction and her chemistry lab. Brilliant and charming this is an excellent...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2011
The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag
Alan Bradley
The second outing for the wonderful Flavia de Luce. Flavia investigates another murder in Bishops Lacey and tries to track down the ingenious killer using her powers of deduction and her chemistry lab . Brilliant and charming this is an...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/04/2010
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Alan Bradley
February 2010 Debut of the Month. Death in the cucumber patch and a young girl turns detective in a spirited pastiche of the English village murder-mystery with a nod to Agatha Christie...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2010

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