Saturday January 31, 2015

Author Alan Bradley's tips to tackle sickbed boredom

(CP / Jeff Bassett)

Listen 4:41

Author Alan Bradley waited a long time to find success as a writer.

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First he had a career in the technical side of broadcasting at the University of Saskatchewan, doing a little writing on the side. But then at nearly 70-years old he submitted an idea to the Dagger fiction competition in the U.K., and a young, fictional heroine was born.

Bradley has now published his latest story in the Flavia de Luce series, and it's been a roaring success for him.

On this week's DNTO, he goes back to his own youth, telling us how growing up in the 1940s there weren't many ways of preventing many childhood illnesses. Getting one meant that if you didn't die, you were going to be spending a long time recuperating. 

So when Alan was directed to spend a year away from sunlight, he had to find a secretive and unusual way to entertain himself. Click the link above to hear his story.