Judith asked Alan Bradley:

I'm not sure if I've ever seen this asked but where did the idea for Flavia come from? Is she based on a real little girl? I must tell you that one of the happiest days of my life was when I brought home The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie home to read. Flavia is a delight! Thank you for so many wonderful funny and sad hours of reading and I look forward to many more.

Alan Bradley Thanks, Judith, for your lovely comments. No, Flavia is not based on anyone I've ever met. As for her origins...well, she just jumped out of the inkpot.

I hope you'll enjoy the new book in January, and the eBook in December.

WIth best wishes,


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