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Alan Bradley


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, where he worked for twenty-five years before taking early retirement in 1994.
           
Bradley was 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, Alan regularly taught scriptwriting and television production courses at the University of Saskatchewan. 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, and his lifestyle and humour pieces have appeared in The Globe and Mail and The National Post.
           
Alan Bradley was also a founding member of The Casebook of Saskatoon, a society devoted to the study of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlockian writings. There, he met the late Dr. William A.S. Sarjeant, with whom he collaborated on the classic book Ms. Holmes of Baker Street (1989). 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.” As he’s explained in interviews, Bradley was always an avid reader of mysteries, even as a child: “My grandmother used to press them upon us when we were very young. One of the first books she gave me was Dorothy L. Sayers’ Busman’s Holiday. I was profoundly influenced by it.”
           
Upon retirement, Bradley began writing full time. His next book, The Shoebox Bible (2006), has been compared with Tuesdays With Morrie and Mister God, This is Anna. In this beautiful memoir, Bradley tells the story of his early life in southern Ontario, and paints a vivid portrait of his mother, a strong and inspirational woman who struggled to raise three children on her own during tough times.
           
In July of 2007, Bradley won the Debut Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers’ Association for The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (2009), based on a sample that would become the first novel in a series featuring eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce. As Bradley has explained, it was the character of Flavia that inspired him to embark upon the project: “I started to write The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie in the spring of 2006. Flavia walked into another novel I was writing as an incidental character, and she hijacked the book. Although I didn’t finish that book, Flavia stuck with me.” The Dagger award brought international attention to Bradley’s fiction debut, and Sweetness and the additional novels planned for the series will be published in twenty-eight languages and in more than thirty countries.
           
Alan Bradley lives in Malta with his wife Shirley and two calculating cats.


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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Written by Alan Bradley
Read by Jayne Entwistle
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On Sale Date: April 28, 2009
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Written by Alan Bradley
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On Sale Date: January 25, 2011
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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

Written by Alan Bradley
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On Sale Date: March 9, 2010
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A Red Herring Without Mustard

Written by Alan Bradley
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On Sale Date: February 8, 2011
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I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

Written by Alan Bradley
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On Sale Date: November 1, 2011
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Speaking from Among the Bones

Written by Alan Bradley
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On Sale Date: January 29, 2013
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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

Written by Alan Bradley
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On Sale Date: January 14, 2014
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The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

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On Sale Date: September 17, 2013
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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

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On Sale Date: January 14, 2014
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I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

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On Sale Date: November 1, 2011
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Speaking from Among the Bones

Written by Alan Bradley
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On Sale Date: January 29, 2013
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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

Written by Alan Bradley
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On Sale Date: January 6, 2015
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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

Written by Alan Bradley
Read by Jayne Entwistle
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On Sale Date: January 6, 2015
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