Agatha Christie: The Biography of Agatha Christie

December 12, 2014 - Comment

A passionate and accomplished writer, Laura Thompson now turns her highly acclaimed biographical skills to Agatha Christie. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, thirty years after her death Christie’s books still sell over four million copies worldwide a year. Thompson describes the Edwardian world in which she grew up, explores the relationships she

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A passionate and accomplished writer, Laura Thompson now turns her highly acclaimed biographical skills to Agatha Christie. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, thirty years after her death Christie’s books still sell over four million copies worldwide a year. Thompson describes the Edwardian world in which she grew up, explores the relationships she had, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the mysteries still surrounding Christie’s life – including her disappearance in 1926. Agatha Christie is a mystery and writing about her is a detection job in itself. But, with access to all of Christie’s letters, papers and writing notebooks, as well as interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie’s detective fiction, but the truth behind her private life as well.

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John W. Chuckman says:

REVIEW OF LAURA THOMPSON’S AGATHA CHRISTIE AN ENGLISH MYSTERY BY JOHN CHUCKMAN I enjoyed an interview with Laura Thompson on CBC Radio, and I thought her biography of Agatha Christie might well be good reading, even though I am not a fan of its subject.I enjoy any first-rate biography, and the times Ms. Christie lived through are loaded with interesting events and people. She was moreover a remarkable literary phenomenon, becoming a house-hold name, setting record runs for plays, and creating two unforgettable characters – Miss Marple and M. Poirot…

Kevin Killian says:

New Information Makes This One a Must Laura Thompson’s book goes over a lot of old ground, too, but she had access to so much material, and she was able to interview Rosalind Hicks and many others, many of whom speak freely here; and just “following the money” leads to some amazing stories–that Christie was desperately in need of money after WWII in order to pay off taxes she owed to the USA–and she would do just about anything for ready cash. She also hired a team of “handlers,” secretaries, agents and managers on whom she…

Sharon H. Shearouse "abknk" says:

IF You’re Thinking of Buying this book…DON’T! I’m a big fan of all things “Christie” but I have to say this is the worst yet. Yes, it has new pictures & new letters with the blessing of the family. The writer describes every book & compares it in every way to Agatha & what she was thinking & what was going on in her life at the time or in the past according to letters she left behind or news items. Sounds good, doesn’t it? NO!!! Dry as Dust! I kept trying to make myself read it but in the end I gave up. Such wonderful possibilities but all…

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