Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days

March 3, 2015 - Comment

The original 1998 edition.        In December 1926, Agatha Christie became front-page news when she vanished in bizarre circumstances from her home in Berkshire, England. Eleven days later the crime writer was found in a hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire, reading newspaper accounts of the search for herself and claiming to be the victim

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The original 1998 edition.
       In December 1926, Agatha Christie became front-page news when she vanished in bizarre circumstances from her home in Berkshire, England. Eleven days later the crime writer was found in a hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire, reading newspaper accounts of the search for herself and claiming to be the victim of amnesia. Up till now none of her biographers has come up with conclusive evidence as to what Agatha Christie did in the first twenty-four hours after she disappeared or whether her memory loss was genuine.
       Although the notoriety made Agatha Christie famous, she never recovered from the intentse press scrutiny, and the private anguish that surrounded the episode ensured that she made no reference to it in her memoirs.
       Illustrated with 31 photographs, many of them from private albums, Jared Cade’s rivetting book – on which a BBC television documentary has been based – provides all the answers, including startling accounts by the novelist’s surviving relatives, that reveal for the first time why she staged the disappearance with the help of a co-conspirator and how it all went terribly wrong…
       ‘This is the only biography that tells Agatha’s life story as it really was. Jared Cade’s insight into her personality is unsurpassed.’ Judith and Graham Gardner, relatives of Agatha Christie

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John Austin "austinjr@bigpond.net.au" says:

Revealing the mystery writer’s mystery. Fame and wide acclaim came to Agatha Christie in 1926 when “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” was published. In the same year, however, her disappearance and the eleven-day search for her attracted even more attention. Subsequently in interviews and in her own autobiography, Agatha Christie refused to explain or refer to the incident. It was inferred that the breakdown of her first marriage had been one aspect of the mystery, and her reluctance to refer to anything so painful was respected…

C. C. Black says:

Glimpse into a Human Life This is a good and interesting read. Its basic thesis is that Agatha Christie plotted her mysterious disappearance in December 1926 to spite her then husband for his adultery. What she was unable to predict and to control, as she could with characters she created, was how others would respond, particularly her husband and the ravenous English press–and, Cade suggests, that explosion scarred a very private person to the end of her days. The book is very well researched, drawing on the knowledge…

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