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Brian Francis reads from his novel Fruit

The Story

In 2004 Brian Francis participated in the Scream Literary Festival by reading from his first novel, Fruit, with other ECW Press writers. As we hear in this excerpt read by the author, the main character, Peter Paddington, is a 13-year-old boy dealing with the difficulties of being a teenage outsider in his own family, as well as in the world outside his home.

Medium: Radio
Program: Here and Now
Broadcast Date: July 7, 2004
Guest(s): Brian Francis
Host: Matt Galloway
Reporter: Walter Rinaldi
Duration: 2:44

Did You know?

• Fruit was published in Canada by ECW Press, and Harper Perennial published the paperback edition in the U.S. under the title The Secret Fruit of Peter Paddington.


• Brian Francis set his novel in his own home-town of Sarnia, and was a delivery boy for the same newspaper that his character Peter Paddington delivers, The Observer.


• Francis told The Observer in 2004 that much of the novel is autobiographical, but there were differences: "my family was a lot more loving than Peter's."


• In 2000, Francis was the recipient of the Emerging Author Award from the Writers' Union of Canada.  In an interview with The Observer on Nov. 13, 2004, he says that the novel Fruit "came about as a result of that award."



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