Paddy Whack



Paddy Whack is a novel written and performed by the author, Francis Martineau. Based in part on his own childhood in Scotland, each episode chronicles the story of a boy growing up in the shadow of World War II, the diary of his mother, and a separate correspondence between two would-be lovers attempting to find a semblance of normalcy in turbulent times. Martineau's exquisite dramatic reading of the text brings the story to life with deep feeling, immense charm, and an evocative mix of local dialects. In addition, his original piano music dotted throughout makes this recording a uniquely personal expression. Settle in. You've never heard anything quite like this.


  • Endnotes: A Conversation with Francis Martineau

    23/09/2019 Duration: 19min

    A conversation with Francis Martineau, in which the author talks about the inspiration for Paddy Whack, the process of revisiting his own boyhood, and the enduring figure of his mother.Support the show

  • Episode 13

    23/09/2019 Duration: 57min

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  • Episode 12

    14/09/2019 Duration: 53min

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  • Episode 11

    06/09/2019 Duration: 01h51s

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  • Episode 10

    25/08/2019 Duration: 58min

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  • Episode 9

    16/08/2019 Duration: 55min

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  • Episode 8

    10/08/2019 Duration: 01h05min

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  • Episode 7

    05/08/2019 Duration: 52min

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  • Episode 6

    19/07/2019 Duration: 01h01min

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  • Episode 5

    07/07/2019 Duration: 01h02min

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  • Episode 4

    23/06/2019 Duration: 55min

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  • Episode 3

    07/06/2019 Duration: 53min

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  • Episode 2

    25/05/2019 Duration: 55min

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  • Episode 1

    23/04/2019 Duration: 01h35s

    A boy growing up under extraordinary circumstances finds joy on a bicycle. A mother works tirelessly to keep life moving. A soldier receives shocking news from a faraway land.Please consider supporting Francis on Patreon.Support the show (