When you look back on your childhood years, what things do you remember that aren't so common anymore? I think about the cap guns my brother Paul and I got every summer, or the little plastic army men I had so much fun with (especially when I got a bit older and discovered how much more fun they could be with firecrackers!). I think about old b&w cowboy shows or horror movies that weren't the stomach-churning gore fests like today’s slasher flicks but still scared the pants off me. Alan Bradley is also thinking back to his childhood (although his was a while before mine!) and he's writing about those things in his Flavia de Luce series (which I wrote about in an earlier post). In The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie stamp collecting becomes more entertaining that you thought possible, and in The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag he remembers the travelling puppet shows that were popular before television displaced them. So, what does he come up with for his third book? Gypsies and fortune-telling.